Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party votes to support junior doctors, reinstatement of a publically directed and financed NHS and restoration of the Nurses bursaries.
Last night (on Wednesday 10th February) member of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party voted to continue their support of the Junior Doctors, Nurses and a public NHS.
At the meeting was addressed by Graeme Stokes (Royal College of Nurse Student Representative), Caroline Fife (UNISON regional officer covering the NHS), and Dr Rob Galloway (A&E Consultant and BMA member). They talked of the destruction of the NHS by the conservative government, the importance of being part of a union and why Labour should support health care professionals.
The meeting heard how a number of wards have been shut due to nursing shortages, that moral is rock bottom and how the dangerous messages being sent out by the Tory government have meant that people delay arriving at A&E due to undue fear of weekend arrivals.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party said "its clear that members are determined to support the NHS, the emotive speeches resolved members determination to support the junior doctors which BHDLP has been supporting so far at each day of their actions."
Resolution: Support the Junior Doctors and the campaign to save the NHS Bursaries
The junior doctors are fighting to defend their conditions of work, but also for patient safety and the future of the NHS. NHS workers’ struggles are a vital part of defending the health service from the Tories’ accelerating cuts, marketisation and privatisation.
We believe the junior doctors’ dispute – together with student nurses’ and other student health workers’ fight to save their bursaries, and the return of the NHS Bill to Parliament in March – gives us an opportunity to step up our role in the fight to save the NHS.
To support the junior doctors and student nurses, etc, make links locally and visit picket lines.
To call on the party nationally to sharpen its stance and clearly commit to reversing privatisation and marketisation, and rebuilding a comprehensive, well-funded, publicly-owned, run and provided NHS meeting clinical need. Any integration of health and social care should be contingent on social care becoming a free, publicly-funded and provided service – introducing the best of the NHS into social care and not the worst of social care as it exists into the NHS.
To support the NHS Bill and call on the PLP to support it.
To call on the party to launch a national petition for the junior doctors, the Save the NHS Bursary fight and the NHS Bill; send Jeremy Corbyn to address mass meetings on the NHS around the country; and organise a national demonstration in support of these struggles, and to save and rebuild the NHS as a comprehensive public service.
Passed overwhelmingly at Ralli Hall, Hove, Wednesday 10th February at the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party All Members Meeting.