New NHS organisation on the Isle of Wight:

Ken Knapman

The meeting on the NHS being organised in Ryde is timely and crucial and cannot be left to chance. Regardless of the attendance it should not be underestimated as to its significance for today in the General Election, or afterwards, in preserving a hospital on the Isle of Wight and defence against Conservative Austerity.

The objective of the Public meeting organised by IOW, “Save our NHS” states that it is:

“To establish an island wide organisation to secure the future of the island NHS and recognise that health and social care is a right for all”.

The meeting is to be held at, ASPIRE, RYDE ON FRIDAY 26TH MAY 6.30 TO 8.30PM.

We require a political movement, particularly on the NHS, which expresses the demand for an end to the regime which refuses to recognise our   healthcare rights.

The alleged choice that Teresa May presents, in the election, between ‘stability and strong government’, is a desperate hope that by strengthening the arbitrary authority with more powers, the people will accept but it will be rejected!

People have continued to express their own demands, independent of the in-fighting between this and that faction of the ruling elite, particularly in the Conservative Party. This shows why the Public Meeting is so important and timely.

The established ideologues want to blame the people for backward ideological beliefs and demand that they choose between one faction and the other, but they will not succeed in this or staunch the people’s striving for empowerment and justice.

We must use this election. We need to strengthen our independent thinking. We need to unite the opposition and step up our demands for the right to healthcare and education, for the right to pensions and a decent standard of living, for a change in the direction of the economy, against Austerity.

There is not only an incoherence of the NHS policy objectives by Government, but also it is accompanied by an aim of wrecking the national system of health and social care in England – in favour of the privatisation of care and the interests of private providers.

Jeremy Hunt starkly contradicts himself with a proclaimed objective that was so prominently promoted by the Government – especially in relation to the junior doctors’ dispute – for hospitals to operate elective care seven days a week, to purportedly reduce waiting lists. Of course, the reality was entirely the opposite. Rather than put in the investment necessary to achieve 7-day elective care, the government continued its massive cuts, which have pushed hospitals to the brink of disaster over recent months.

GPs are being expected to refer fewer people to hospital and the NHS will expand the use of “referral management processes”, which are private companies that decide whether a doctor’s referral to a consultant, or to have an operation, is justified.

They now talk about delaying “non-urgent operations” and operations that are already subject to long delays, “urgent” operations are now already included in these delays as the continued cutbacks and “cost improvement programmes” to intensive care units and acute beds is implemented.

The British Medical Association (BMA) pointed out that the inability of the NHS to meet all of its waiting time targets showed that it was at breaking point. BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter said: “Achieving one delivery promise only by missing another is a textbook example of rationing access to care. It should not be happening in today’s NHS.”

Such an outmoded and outdated conception is only consistent with the view that the NHS and all social programmes are considered a “cost and a burden”.

It is a barbaric remnant of the past in the modern age, where people who need a hip or knee replacement, cataract removal, hernia repair or other “non-urgent operation” should join a long queue and suffer, or pay for private healthcare.

There are those that have manipulated public opinion and attempted to quell outcry on the Isle of Wight. They pretend that things are not so bad. They continue to keep things hushed but the truth is rather stubborn as are the facts.

The Sustainability and Transition Plans, STP’s for short popularly denounced as “Slash, Trash and Privatise, are proven now to be ill conceived, underfunded and a poor alternative to the tried and tested NHS.

The outsourcing of NHS Services and departments to the private sector and to the mainland will kill our island hospital and NHS.

The overwork and shortages of staff, doctors and nurses is catastrophic.The staff are overworked and underpaid.

This situation is critical and cannot go on!

The meeting on the NHS being organised in Ryde is timely and crucial. Whatever the outcome, it is a start and we call on all people to support it and also workers and unions in the NHS to assist.


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