The launch of East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign felt like a success. We had some excellent speeches from Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP; Dr Carl Walker; Madeleine Dickens and Dr Mona Kamal. The enthusiasm of those who attended was evident by the debate that followed in the Q&A session. Videos from the event were live-streamed to the Facebook group (East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign Forum). There is so much this campaign can do to fight the destruction of our NHS and protect local services. But as there is so much to do, we need to get as many people as possible involved. I am adding a poll to this post to try and get an idea of how many people would be keen to start campaigning and what they feel they could offer. Please share this post on social networks and with as many of your contacts as possible. Continue reading “Following on from a successful launch event”
A few facts from the Health Campaigns Together publication in January 2018 reveal a shocking state of affairs in our NHS.
16,900 people were left waiting in ambulances outside A&E units between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve – 15% increase in A&E attendances since 2010 – 350% increase in waits in A&E – 550% increase in waits for admission – 170,100 total days delayed transfer of care in English hospitals,equivalent to 5,487 hospital beds – bed occupancy rates remain dangerously high averaging 93.5% – During Christmas week 5,000 people waited more than one hour for paramedics to hand them over to A&E staff – since 2010 we have seen 14,000 beds lost from hospitals, reductions in district nursing and walk-in centres closed – mental health inpatient beds cut by 20% – child and adolescent mental health services at crisis point – an additional 10,000 extra deaths were recorded over what we would normally expect in our hospitals in the first few weeks of 2018 – the UK spends less per capita on healthcare than Ireland, Finland, Iceland, New Zealnad, France, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, USA, Norway and Switzerland.
I do not believe this is acceptable in the sixth richest nation in the world. If you agree with me please come to the launch meeting of this campaign on the 9th April.