Press Release: Stop The Great NHS Swindle

PRESS RELEASE 27 Nov 2017

Lowestoft Coalition against the Cuts

PUBLIC MEETING

United Reformed Church, London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1HB

Monday December 4th 7pm

STOP THE GREAT NHS SWINDLE

What the STP means to You

Lowestoft Coalition against the Cuts (LCAC) has organised a public meeting on the STP, a plan for a radical reorganisation and further cuts to the NHS.

Bill Adnams, a member of Keep our NHS Public and a long-time campaigner and speaker on NHS issues, says “The original NHS was recognised internationally as a model of efficiency and fairness. STPs will end efficiency and fairness. They mean poorer services including denial of care and greater costs.” Mr Adnams is the main speaker at the meeting, along with trade union representatives from health service unions.

In its very short life the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 brought incompetence alongside cuts, closures and chaos to the NHS in Waveney. Rather than address the fundamental problems of underfunding and understaffing and at great cost the whole structure is to be scrapped and a new system created. The STP lumps together, in a new geographical area, healthcare and means-tested social care (which at the moment is provided by Suffolk County Council).

“Control of the massive budget for both health and social care in Norfolk and Waveney is a rich prize. Transnational corporations, the big healthcare and insurance companies, can bid to control that budget and decide what services we get,” said Mr Adnams. “We want people to understand what is being done. This has been sneaked in without parliamentary discussion or approval.”

“Until funding matches need the problems will get worse. The STP is no solution, it is a barely disguised mask for privatisation. It has to be stopped,“ said Frank Joyce, Secretary of Lowestoft Coalition against the Cuts.

LCAC urges all who want to “Keep our NHS Public” to attend the meeting.

Frank Joyce, Secretary

Lowestoft Coalition against the Cuts

37 St Georges Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JP Tel: 01502 569174

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