No summer holiday for health unions

Health unions will lobby Westminster in October as part of a rolling campaign of protest about NHS reforms.

MPs are being targeted with information about the crisis of confidence over the impact of the reforms on local health services and patient care. The TUC is leading the broad campaign to mobilise opposition to the greater use of private companies in the NHS, which unions believe will fragment services. They are also protesting the lack of consultation over a whole range of new policies. As well as the TUC-affiliated unions, including the CSP, the campaign has the support of the Royal College of Nursing, the British Medical Association and nearly every other health staff organisation. Fringe meetings are planned for the Labour party and TUC conferences, local action will be supported, and there will be a joint lobby of Westminster on 25 October, together with a rally nearby. There will then be a series of regional campaigning weeks between October and December, and there is the possibility of a national event early next year. Unions have made clear that work will continue right through the summer.
Paul Stephenson

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