LETTER: Save the NHS

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After a recent stay in Worthing hospital I would like to express my thanks to all those hardworking NHS staff (particularly in A & E and Burlington ward) that cared for me with such dedication and kindness.

I would also like to draw attention to the developing crisis in our local hospitals and the wider NHS.

I saw at close hand how the dedication and commitment of health workers is holding our NHS together as it approaches a crisis point.

A perfect storm of botched Government reorganisation, budget savings, devastating cuts to local authority social care provision, the PFI disaster and creeping privatisation has left the health service teetering on the brink of collapse.

The ever growing demands of an ageing population (A & E admissions alone for the over 60’s have increased by 66 per cent in six years) and the obesity crisis mean increased resources are an immediate, pressing necessity.

Given the refusal of Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to face the serious nature of this crisis, it is time that we all realised the dangers and stood up in support of our health workers.

David Cameron and the Tories are deceiving the public about their plans for the future of the NHS.

The junior doctors are currently facing an attack on their working conditions and pay that threatens to put patient safety at risk.

The doctors are not prepared to stand by and let this happen, so they are protesting and balloting for industrial action.

The Government mistakenly thought they would be a soft touch before they then proceeded to attack the conditions of nurses, paramedics and auxiliary staff.

These dedicated professionals all work long hours, night shifts, weekends, Christmas and bank holidays.

They are constantly over-stretched and understaffed, often making life or death decisions when stressed and overtired.

We are very lucky to have them to care for us, but for how much longer?

Local Trade Unions, the Labour party and other community groups must come together and organise a protest campaign to support the junior doctors action and to fight the NHS cuts and privatisation.

Remember Nye Bevan’s words: “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.”

Back your doctors, save our NHS.

Mick Gowler

Bramley Road

Worthing

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