Health workers are celebrating 69 years of the NHS with a campaign to highlight health service achievements and the challenges of underfunding. Members of Unison have been travelling across the region, encouraging people to sign a giant birthday card and to share their stories of the NHS. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
NHS workers, campaigners and union representatives travelled to London to join a protest march against austerity measures in the health service. Organisers said that “at least 250,000” people took part in the Save Our NHS march, which began in Tavistock Square and ended in Westminster. Protesters sought to draw attention to plans which could see cut see cut backs in nearly two thirds of hospital services in England. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has been out on the streets campaigning and meeting with residents in Manor Park and Highfield as part of a day of action on the crisis in the NHS. The Labour MP, a fierce critic of Government health policies, has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of cynical disregard of the crisis in mental health services for young people. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Senior health bosses have laid bare the scale of the challenge facing Sheffield’s NHS services following the publication of a major report which called for ‘radical change’. South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are tasked with saving hundreds of millions of pounds by 2020 to address an estimated shortfall of £571 million. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Dr Jillian Creasy of the Save Our NHS campaign.
Thousands of Junior Doctors have taken strike action across the country, affecting around three thousand appointments and operations. It’s the second strike over proposed new contracts. Negotiations have been taking place, but the Government and the British Medical Association have failed to reach an agreement. Picket lines have been outside all major hospitals across the country today.
Thousands of junior doctors have taken strike action today, in a row over a proposed new contract. The first walk out in forty years comes after the Government’s plans for a ‘seven day NHS.’ Prime Minister, David Cameron said this strike, and another later this month, will provide ‘real difficulties’ for patients.
Junior doctors and members of the public took part in a ‘Meet the Doctors’ event in Barkers Pool today. The grassroots movement says the Government’s proposals for a seven day NHS is not fair and not safe. This comes after plans for a new contract which would implement a seven day service of the NHS. Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has already offered an eleven percent pay rise for junior doctors, and a number of concessions. As part of a national campaign, Junior Doctors were encouraging the public here in Sheffield to sign the petition, and have a photo taken to share on social media.