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Dear supporters

Thanks to everyone who came to watch our screening of Under The Knife, the feature length documentary about the covert dismantling of the NHS that is going on right now, there were 100 of us, and as well as an interesting discussion we raised £300 split between Keep Gloucestershire's NHS Public and the Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital campaign. Donate to help the team behind Under the Knife run another round of free screenings.

With a General Election coming on 12 December, it’s important that every voter has information to hand about the situation in our National Health Service.

Like Keep Our NHS Public, of which Keep Gloucestershire's NHS Public is the local branch, we are "not aligned to any party – our loyalty is solely to a public NHS and social care service. Our public services are vital for a healthy, educated, safe and secure population."

But as they say: "Make no mistake - the NHS is in danger in the hands of Boris Johnson and this Conservative Government. Neither the NHS nor our population can afford a further five years" (from Keep Our NHS Public's election statement: "Where we stand: Don’t vote Tory, #VoteNHS").

READ ON FOR ELECTION RESOURCES
AND A ROUND-UP OF STRIKE ACTION

We have hundreds of Election 2019 newspapers from Health Campaigns Together

Join us THIS SATURDAY 10am in King St, Stroud for a Keep Gloucestershire's NHS Public stall. We'd love some help distributing the newspapers and other leaflets on the day, and you're welcome to collect bundles for distribution elsewhere.

If enough people are keen to join us, we will organise further stalls.
Call James on 07734 058789 to discuss

Check out the NHS lowdown pdf download to get an idea of the content

It's up to us to make sure that the NHS is on every voter’s mind as they enter the polling booth – so here are some resources you may find useful to share with friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, or if you are doing any campaigning:

  1. "So You're Thinking of Voting Conservative? Vote NHS" - video from healthworkers and NHS campaigners involved with Health Campaigns Together (from the 2017 campaign but still a useful mythbuster - share it on Facebook via this link, where there's also a part 2: "So You're Still Thinking of Voting Conservative?")
  2. "Is Johnson really going to 'rein in' NHS privatisation? Don't you believe it!", by Stroud's own Caroline Molloy, editor of openDemocracy UK and their ourNHS project
  3. "Johnson's hospital building, “seed money”, and how PFI never went away", by Joel Benjamin - part of the People Vs PFI campaign (whose exhibition we hosted last year)
  4. "What did Hunt do to the NHS – and how has he got away with it?", by Caroline Molloy
  5. On the cost of running the NHS as a market, as mentioned in Under the Knife: "The billions of wasted NHS cash no-one wants to mention", by Caroline Molloy
  6. "How ‘self-pay’ is shrinking the English NHS by stealth", by Jenny Shepherd
  7. "Ten things every voter should know about the NHS" - from Keep Our NHS Public
  8. "Another key Johnson claim on the NHS demolished", by Docs Not Cops
  9. "Scrapping prescription charges is the right priority for the English NHS", by Caroline Molloy
  10. On the extent of privatisation in the NHS: "in 2018/19, the amount spent by NHS England on the independent sector was around 26% of total expenditure, not 7% as widely reported" - by David Rowland, Director of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest
Know someone who's thinking of voting Conservative? Share this video with them!

#VoteNHS Campaign


Check out Keep Our NHS Public's Election campaign resource page, where you can download or order leaflets, newspapers, and social media graphics.

Donate to the Keep Our NHS Public election crowdfunder.

Find out about the #VoteNHS Roadshow - let us know if you could help with an event in Gloucestershire!
Please get in touch if you can volunteer to help at our film screening, with leafleting, or with organising events and keeping the Keep Gloucestershire's NHS Public campaign running.

Workers fighting back - strike action roundup


NHS and other United Voices of the World workers strike
Well over 170 cleaners and porters outsourced to French multinational Sodexo demand equality in pay and working conditions with NHS staff have been on strike with the United Voices of the World (UVW) union in the past two weeks - alongside strikes by workers at the Ministry of Justice, St. George’s University, the University of Greenwich, the University of East London, the Royal Parks, ITV and Channel 4 . The majority of the unions members are migrants working in the low paid economy. The biggest of these strikes will take place at St. Mary’s Hospital, where members currently receive £6.16 - £8.21 per hour which leaves them £6K - £10K worse off per year than their NHS colleagues of a similar grade. Read more about the strikes, and donate to their strike fund.

McDonald's strike
McDonald's workers are fighting back against poverty wages, zero-hours contracts and unsafe workplaces. The Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) took strike action at 6 London McDonald’s stores on November 12th as part of an international day of action for fast food workers’ rights. McDonald’s workers are calling for a New Deal for McDonald’s workers that would include: £15 an hour, an end to youth rates, the choice of guaranteed hours of upto 40 hours a week; notice of shifts 4 weeks in advance, recognition of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union, and to be treated with respect and dignity at work. Watch and share this McDonald's strike video, and donate to their strike fund here

Royal Mail strike - "Tonight, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) stands absolutely united in their anger at Royal Mail bosses and the high Court following today’s “outrageous” decision to invalidate our overwhelming Yes vote and enormous turnout [97% and 95% among Royal Mail Group and Parcelforce group workers respectivitly - on a 76% turnout]." Postal workers had voted overwhelmingly for strike action against the break up of the postal service and an attempt by CEO Rico Black (on £2.7 million/yr plus a £6 million 'golden hello') to force posties into the gig economy, remove larger parcels from delivery centres, and refusing to maintain the 'universal service obligation' which ensures every household in the UK gets a six-day a week service. Posties are fighting for 40,000 reasonably paid jobs, and a public service which people want - strike action could be lengthy, and public support will be crucial.

Northern Ireland Nurses set to strike for first time ever!
The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) is planning 12 hours of strike action - the first in the RCN's 103-year history - to take place on 18 December, with more dates of strike action planned for the new year. Nurses' pay continues to fall behind the already poor rates in England - 96% of nurses balloted voted in favour of industrial action, with 92% backing strike action (43.3% turnout). This unprecedented action will again need public support!

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