Save Our Hospitals is a resident-led campaign group formed in July 2012. We are FIGHTING against the NHS plans to DEMOLISH Charing Cross Hospital and downgrading of our A&Es( Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Ealing and Central Middlesex Hospitals)
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Darlo Mums' March for the NHS is shaking the conscience of the nation
That’s the aim of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which compels health service commissioners to put NHS services out to tender, and makes it easier for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to close or downgrade a hospital.
Fight: The Peoples March for the NHS - and the 1936 Jarrow March
A disturbing picture is emerging. Private health hospitals now get up to 40% of their work from the NHS – work that could and should be done for patients and not for profit.
Eighteen per cent of A&E units and one-third of NHS walk-in centres have closed.
Three new Coalition laws to encourage privatisation are on the statute book since 2010, and 70% of NHS contracts go to the private sector.
Along with the privatisation of hospital cleaning, laundry and catering services, key medical services, including cancer care, have been handed over to the privateers.
And if they can’t make it pay, they just walk away, leaving the NHS to pick up the pieces.
The Darlo Mums fear that the health service – “owned by us, loved by us, our most prized possession” - is being systematically pushed to the edge of collapse, making it privatisation-ready if the Tories get back into power.
The 11 Darlo Mums, who have 13 kids between them (and another on the way), aren’t celebrities.
They are ordinary wives and working mothers doing something extraordinary for what they believe in – the NHS, which has nurtured them and their families – and the rest of us – for 66 years.
Do you back the Darlo Mums' stance?
“The NHS is safe in our hands” declared vote-hunting David Cameron before the last election. Can there have ever been a bigger political fib?
No more top-down reforms, he promised, before imposing a £3billion reorganisation of the NHS so his rich City pals could profit from the sick.
A shake-up for a shake-down, you might say.
These mums are shaking the conscience of the nation.