Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close

1 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close. It’s part of Jeremy Hunt’s plan to make big cuts, closures and changes to our NHS without our say. [1]

It doesn’t matter where you live – we all need emergency care nearby. If someone in your family goes into early labour or your child has an asthma attack in the night, driving 10 extra miles before you see a doctor can be the difference between life and death.

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Councillors must look before they leap into secret NHS cuts plans By John Lister

25 October 2016 — OurNHS

Jeremy Hunt can no longer pretend he’s following ‘the NHS’s own plan’.  Expect fierce local battles ahead

Image: Simon Stevens, NHS England

It’s all going horribly wrong for Simon Stevens.

Theresa May has not taken kindly to the NHS boss’s belated admission that he had originally asked for considerably more than £8billion “extra” for the NHS (even as that £8bn figure was itself criticised as “misleading” by Sarah Wollaston MP, who points out the true amount given to the NHS is considerably less than the government claims, and the Nuffield Trust, which argues the £8bn may in reality be just £880m).

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The NHS is ‘Hanging by a Thread’

19 September 2016 — 38 Degrees

Our NHS is hanging on by a thread. And now, Jeremy Hunt’s got secret plans to close NHS services that could push it over the edge. [1]

If things go Jeremy Hunt’s way, he’ll get the ball rolling on his plans next month. [2] But we’ve got a plan to push them into the spotlight. If enough of us chip in, we can make a powerful documentary to expose the real impact of his NHS cuts – and then get everyone in Britain to see our people-powered film.

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UK Govt’s secret plans to further cut local health services exposed

25 July 2016 — 38 Degrees

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has a secret plan to force through changes to local NHS services to cut costs. The changes – called “sustainability and transformation plans” – are being kept secret. [1] But they could mean cuts to hospital beds, local walk-in centres or family planning services near you.

First drafts of the plans have already been drawn up across England. [2] Because they’re secret, it’s hard to say exactly which services near you are at risk. But the plans for one area have been leaked and show the scale of the threat – they include axing 500 hospital beds and some emergency ambulances. [3] No wonder Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want us to see them!

The best way to stop these cuts is to get them out in the open and demand the public has a say. So please can you sign the petition now, demanding that Jeremy Hunt publishes his plans for local NHS cuts? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name:

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NHS: “The worst thing a UK government has done to its people in my lifetime” By Marcus Chown

6 May 2014 — OurNHS

Marcus Chown explains why, in the European elections, he is standing for the National Health Action Party in London.

I’m a science writer. I usually write about the big bang and parallel universes black holes. But I was born in the NHS, my wife is an NHS nurse and I can see that the NHS is rapidly disappearing down a black hole.

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