The NHS is hanging by a thread

7 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want you to watch this video – it proves the NHS is hanging on a thread. Millions of us are reading this today. And if we all watch the video and share it with our friends and family, we’ll get the word out:

Getting everyone you know to watch this documentary won’t save the NHS on its own. But it gets us a step closer. Everyone who watches it is another person seeing the human impact of the NHS funding crisis. That means one more concerned voter, one more supporter of the campaign to save the NHS – and more pressure on politicians to give the NHS the funding it needs. 

This ten minute documentary tells the story of three people’s experiences with the NHS – and the devastating consequences that cuts can have on all of us. [1] With big cuts to the NHS around the corner, it’s critical that we share this video so that everyone knows. [2]

Small actions add up – so if each of us shares the video with our friends and family this weekend, we could get millions of people across the UK watching it:

The NHS has been there for all of us at some point in our lives. It brings our children into the world, treats us when we’re sick, and cares for us in our final days.

But our health service doesn’t have enough funding, and that means services we rely on could close. [3] We’ve heard of it happening and seen it in the news, but what’s often missing are the voices of people like us – of patients. This is our chance to put that right.

Thank you for being involved,

Rowan, Amy, Laura and the 38 Degrees team.

PS: This documentary was funded by thousands of 38 Degrees members – thank you and congratulations on making this happen!


NOTES:

[1] The documentary is set in Durham – a part of North East England that’s already been dramatically affected by cuts to the public health budget. The film follows Bahadur, who’s lived in Durham since 1971. He reveals what the NHS funding crisis has meant for the patients at the heart of the health service. The film then meets other patients in Durham who tell their moving stories about what a cash-strapped NHS has meant for them.
[2] Across England plans are being drawn up for a new swathe of changes to the NHS, including A&E closures, changes to maternity care, and cuts to hospital beds. For more info on the plans, and news articles about just how serious the NHS funding crisis is, see:
38 Degrees: Is our NHS at risk of cuts?:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2016/08/04/nhs-risk-cuts-nhs-englands-sustainability-transformation-plans-explained/
The Guardian: NHS plans could bring benefits but we’re barred from telling the public:
This article by an anonymous NHS whistleblower says that NHS workers have been “barred from explaining our plans to the public”. https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2016/aug/26/nhs-plans-bring-benefits-barred-telling-public-sustainability-transformation-plans
The Telegraph: Almost half of NHS authorities to cut hospital beds and third to close A&E: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/30/almost-half-of-nhs-authorities-to-cut-hospital-beds-and-third-to/
[3] ITV News: NHS authorities planning department closures and drastic cuts to services:
http://www.itv.com/news/2016-10-31/nhs-authorities-planning-department-closures-and-drastic-cuts-to-services/
BBC News: NHS cuts ‘planned across England’:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37186455


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Posted 9th November 2016 by InI in category "Capitalism", "Health", "InI Videos", "UK

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