Friday, 23 November 2012

38 Degrees campaign to protect the NHS


Staff and volunteers in the 38 Degrees office get local NHS petition packs ready to send to 38 Degrees members across the country.

Click LIKE and SHARE to spread the word that we're still working hard together to protect the NHS! 



Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Sunday Times wants to interview you

A journalist is writing a profile of 38 Degrees for the Sunday Times magazine. He wants to know who is really behind our influential, people-powered campaigns.

Who was it that stopped the forests being sold off? Who are these people working together to save our NHS, and holding the powerful to account when they let us down?

The answer, obviously, is people like you. Thousands of us from all across the UK, who help decide on campaigns and take action to make them work.

So, he's agreed to "interview" 38 Degrees members, by preparing a survey for thousands of us to fill in. Please could you fill it in, and help encourage the journalist write up a faithful picture of who makes up 38 Degrees?


https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/sunday-times-interview

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Campaign to protect the NHS in Richmond


This Saturday local 38 Degrees members are getting together near you to talk about the next stage of the campaign to protect the NHS in Richmond. Could you come along?

The details of the get-together are:

12:00 PM 6th October
The Bedfont Cafe
Bedfont High Street, Staines Rd,
Feltham
TW14 8BL

Directions:
Bedfont cafe is next door to the Tanning Salon, and just a little further on from the grocery store ' Budgens ' , and the local motorcycle shop ' West London Superbikes '. If you have any difficulties finding it, please don't hesitate to call me on my mobile no.

Click here to RSVP and for more information:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/Richmond-get-together

As well as helping to save the NHS, these get-togethers are a great chance to have a chat with other 38Degrees members who live in Richmond.



Hope you can make it,

Becky, Ian, Robin and the 38 Degrees team



P.S If you haven't yet signed the petition to save NHS services in Richmond, or you'd like to find out more about the campaign click here:

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The government’s plans to privatise and fragment our NHS are taking shape in Twickenham

Local doctors are forming a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the area. They’re going to get new powers to decide what health services you and your neighbours are able to access and who provides them. [1]

Whether it’s treatment for diabetes, skin conditions, a broken arm or depression, profit-hungry companies like Virgin Care and Serco are circling, ready to bid for contracts by promising to slash costs. [2]

The doctors on your local CCG will be under pressure from the government to hand out contracts to private companies. That could put vital services at risk. [3] But the last thing most doctors want is to carve up our NHS for private profit. Plus, the new CCG has a legal duty to listen to local people. [4]

So right now, we’ve got a big chance to ask local doctors to use their new powers to protect our NHS, not privatise it. Together, we can make sure they hear from hundreds of local people as they make these crucial decisions.

Can you add your name to the petition to your local CCG now?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/CCG-petition


Donations from 38 Degrees members have funded lawyers to prepare robust wording for CCGs to write into their constitutions - protecting our NHS from the worst risks of the government's plans. [5]

If we can get in early, while CCGs are still being formed, we can give doctors a better choice - one based on sound legal advice and the interests of patients, not private companies.

38 Degrees members will be able to work together to persuade their local CCG to write these safeguards into their constitutions. The government and the private health industry probably won’t like it at all, but there’s little they can do to stop people power.

First things first. Can you add your name to the petition in Twickenham?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/CCG-petition



Thanks for being involved,

Becky, Marie, Robin, Ian and the 38 Degrees team


PS: The website tool that links you up with your local CCG is new - you’re one of the first to test it. If you have any problems or questions, please let us know by emailing: emailtheteam[at]38degrees.org.uk

NOTES
[1] GP Online: GP and CCG relations: what are the challenges? http://insidecommissioning.gponline.com/2012/08/02/gp-and-ccg-relations-what-are-the-challenges/
[2] "Virgin Care...will take over integrated children's services in the south-west in March 2013 and will run frontline services for three years. Critics have warned that such deals herald the breakup of the NHS, with private firms cherrypicking services." Guardian: Virgin Care to take over children's health services in Devon http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/12/virgin-care-children-nhs-devon
GP Online: Services open to “any qualified provider” revealed by DH http://www.gponline.com/channel/news/article/1149786/services-open-any-qualified-provider-revealed-dh/
[3] “...plans for a radical restructuring of the health service in England, which will give GPs control of much of the NHS's £106bn annual budget, cut the number of health bodies, and introduce more competition into services” Guardian: NHS Reform Health bill passes vote
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/20/nhs-reform-health-bill-passes-vote
BBC: NHS - The shape of things to come http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17457102
[4] Telegraph: Scrap NHS Bill, say doctors who will run reforms http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9112448/Scrap-NHS-Bill-say-doctors-who-will-run-reforms.html
Pulse: More GP commissioners withdraw support from health bill http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/newsarticle-content/-/article_display_list/13604675/more-gp-commissioners-withdraw-support-from-health-bill
[5] 38 Degrees blog: NHS - Draft active citizens guide https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/NHS-draft-active-citizens-guide