Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Presenting Jane Ellison MP for Battersea with a Save Our NHS petition

Posted in Protest by sheelanagigcomedienne on June 13, 2011

Here we are at Battersea High Street on Saturday 11th June holding a demonstration to Save Our NHS and presenting Jane Ellison MP with an e petition. THAT IS ME IN THE BED. The petition we handed the MP was organised by the campaign group 38degrees and is on a Cd! No more bundles of paper petitions. Jane refused to be photographes with us in it only with Sarah Rackam presenting it to her. .

This is a PRESS RELEASE – SAVE OUR NHS that we sent to the locaL Guardian and the South London Press.
Save our NHS – that was the message delivered to Battersea’s  Conservative MP Jane Ellis last week. Wandsworth campaigners staged a street spectacle with an NHS ‘patient’ on life support when they handed over a 400,000-strong CD e-petition at Miss Ellis’ Battersea High Street surgery on Saturday.

The petition calls for a rethink on the coalition government’s Health Bill. Protestors urged it not to break up the health service and hand it to private providers. They want the government to listen to the fears of doctors, nurses and patients and protect patient care and say the reforms will lead to a loss of hospital beds and staff.

‘The reforms are too much, too soon and too fast,’ said campaigner  Will Martindale. ‘The Government says it will ring fence the NHS budget  but already we are seeing 300 front-line staff being cut at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.’

Suzie Poston said: ‘I’m concerned about the effect on the moral and efficiency of the health service. Privatisation will add to costs,  not reduce them, and I fear the service will be fragmented.’

NHS humanist chaplain, Jeanne Rathbone, added: ‘Privatisation is about competition and profit – look at the cost of using agency nurses. How can profit be a primary motive of the health service? It’s essential  that this is not used as a way of reducing the pay and working conditions of the staff.’

Ms Ellis defended the use of private providers and said the health  service would remain free at the point of delivery. She argued reforms were needed to meet the rising costs of health care. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced revisions to the bill, although the competition principle remains. Miss Ellis told campaigners: ‘I find it hard to imagine that I wouldn’t support the revised bill; I’ve supported it all the way through.’

PRESS RELEASE – SAVE OUR NHS
Save our NHS – that was the message delivered to Battersea’s  Conservative MP Jane Ellis last week. Wandsworth campaigners staged a street spectacle with an NHS ‘patient’ on life support when they
handed over a 400,000-strong CD e-petition at Miss Ellis’ Battersea High Street surgery on Saturday.

The petition calls for a rethink on the coalition government’s Health Bill. Protestors urged it not to break up the health service and hand it to private providers. They want the government to listen to the fears of doctors, nurses and patients and protect patient care and say the reforms will lead to a loss of hospital beds and staff.

‘The reforms are too much, too soon and too fast,’ said campaigner  Will Martindale. ‘The Government says it will ring fence the NHS budget  but already we are seeing 300 front-line staff being cut at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.’

Suzie Poston said: ‘I’m concerned about the effect on the moral and efficiency of the health service. Privatisation will add to costs,  not reduce them, and I fear the service will be fragmented.’

NHS humanist chaplain, Jeanne Rathbone, added: ‘Privatisation is about competition and profit – look at the cost of using agency nurses. How can profit be a primary motive of the health service? It’s essential  that this is not used as a way of reducing the pay and working conditions of the staff.’

Ms Ellis defended the use of private providers and said the health  service would remain free at the point of delivery. She argued reforms were needed to meet the rising costs of health care. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced revisions to the bill, although the competition principle remains. Miss Ellis told campaigners: ‘I find it hard to imagine that I wouldn’t support the revised bill; I’ve supported it all the way through.’

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