The efficiency savings will mean that Heart of England trust (which runs Heartlands Hospital) will be shedding 20% of it’s staff, whilst University Hospital Birmingham trust will be cutting thousands of admissions and tens of thousands of outpatient appointments. 700 hospital beds are threatened across Birmingham and Solihull and in Dudley, hospitals face a £12m cut in their budgets.
Tuesday 5th July is the 63rd Birthday of the NHS. With the ConDems attacking it from two sides, with cuts in the form of efficiency savings and the NHS Reform bill currently going through parliament which will introduce increasing competition into the NHS, remove much of the collective purchasing power that Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) provide and open the NHS up to private companies, making a huge step towards privatisation.
When John Lister from Health Emergency spoke at our public meeting in May, he told us that these efficiency savings – 5% a year for 4 years – had never been done anywhere in the world, and could not be done in the NHS, which is already very efficient in terms of value for money. Tuesday (5th July) sees the 63rd Birthday of the NHS and False Economy have called for people to hold celebrations. In Birmingham, UNISON will be handing out birthday cake and getting people to sign a birthday card petition from 12noon – 4pm on Colmore Row. In dudley, they will be at Russell Hall Hospital from 10am-2pm.
Following that (and nothing to do with the birthday celebrations) there will be a DPAC lobby of the council, starting at 5pm so if you can come to the stall, hang around for that as well.
If you want to get involved with a local campaign to save our NHS, have a look at Save Our NHS West Midlands