Sussex Defend the NHS campaigners are calling on everyone to join them at a lobby on 5th November at Hove Town Hall to oppose the latest attempt to privatise and starve the local NHS of funding.
The Health and Wellbeing Board – a largely unaccountable body of unelected representatives – will be voting on whether to turn the local NHS into an Integrated Care Services (ICS) system.
The name change comes from the new NHS Long Term Plan published in January this year. Well, it’s the ‘NHS’ – but not as we know and want it. And it’s Integrated Care – but also not as we know it (or want it).
Whilst integration could be about seamless health and social care, full public accountability and better services for patients/clients, this current NHS England integration is more of the integrating with private providers, revolving door, conflict of interest, rationing care type that is actually the opposite of what the NHS and social care need.
This is before we even begin to consider one of the other problems with ICS – that they have a fixed population budget – health care based not on need but on a fixed capita budget. Beginning to sound like the American model of health care? We think so. There are concerns over budget, over accountability, over ideology behind these reforms.
Please join in the lobby at the Brighton & Hove Health and Wellbeing Board on Tuesday 5th November – 3pm outside Hove Town Hall for 4pm meeting.
We don’t want ICS in Brighton and Hove. We have the example of councils like Luton who are challenging this process! Let’s do it in Brighton and Hove!
For more information visit the Sussex Defend NHS website or Facebook page.
Brighton and Hove Albion have signed up to the city’s Living Wage campaign, sponsored by our Unison branch.
The club has become one of a handful of Premiership clubs to pay all its staff the real Living Wage of £9 an hour, and has also instructed any contractor working for them to pay their staff the same rate.
The Albion are the 550th employer in the city to sign up. Branch Secretary Sue Beatty said: “We are delighted to support the local Living Wage campaign and are very pleased to see the Albion come on board – especially as they are requiring all the contractors who work for them to pay it too.”
PUBLIC MEETING – OPEN TO ALL
TUESDAY 18TH JUNE 6-7.30PM
MOULSECOOMB PRIMARY SCHOOL
Following an “Inadequate” Ofsted rating Moulsecoomb Primary School faces being forced to join a multi-academy trust. This decision by the Department for Education is opposed by Brighton & Hove City Councillors, unions, parents and staff.
Come to the public meeting to hear why academies do not improve outcomes for children and take schools away from public accountability by privatising them.
Even if you cannot get to the meeting, please sign the petition at https://tinyurl.com/HandsOffOurSchool
It’s time to choose who speaks for you on UNISON’s national executive council.
You’re hard at work keeping our vital public services running, and leading busy lives with your family and friends.
So now’s your chance to elect the people who’ll speak up on your behalf over the next two years.
What’s the election for?
All seats are up for election on UNISON’s national executive council (or ‘NEC’).
The NEC is a diverse group of 67 ordinary members like you, working in all areas of public services, who make decisions about how our union is run.
When can I vote?
The ballot opens on 15 April 2019 and closes on 17 May 2019.
A ballot paper will be sent to the home of every eligible member, together with information on the candidates.
Will you remind me?
Yes! We’ll send you an email when the ballot’s open.
What if I haven’t had a ballot paper?
The election opens on 15 April, so if you haven’t received your ballot paper by 29 April, please call 0800 0857 857.
Please join your fellow UNISON members and vote in the NEC election. It only takes a few minutes! Thank you.
More here https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/your-voice-your-vote/
Madeleine Dickens of Sussex Defend NHS will be speaking at our branch AGM on Wednesday (20th March) about the campaign to ensure the land at Brighton General Hospital is kept for community use.
Read more about it here. All branch members are welcome at the AGM at Brighton Town Hall, starting at 5.30pm.