Fighting NHS cuts in Greater Manchester
Video: recent demonstration against NHS cuts in Bolton:
Next weekend in Manchester, there will be a conference organised by Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils and Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public to fight massive NHS cuts in the area:
* Up to five local A&E units across Greater Manchester are under threat of closure/downgrading under the proposed "Healthier Together Review" of how local NHS services are provided and/or as a result of other cutbacks/alleged efficiency savings/improvements to services. These include Bolton's, Wigan's, Tameside's, and North Manchester's as well as Trafford General's which was the hospital from which Nye Bevan announced the birth of the NHS back in 1948.
* Two former A&E units in Bury & Rochdale have already been downgraded in recent months.
* The potential results of the Healthier Together Review are that the Greater Manchester area, which has a population of 2.7 million people, will be left with only 5 A&E units in Oldham, Stockport, Salford, and Central & South Manchester.
GMATUC believes Greater Manchester needs to retain its present range of NHS facilities, including its A&E Units.
"The closure of any such units not only increases the chance of potential fatalities due to the additional travelling time of ambulances, but the existence of the remaining NHS facilities at the hospital concerned. In so doing, that also adds to the long term pressures on all NHS facilities at hospitals nearby. A&E Units closures would also clearly add immediate pressure to those remaining. We do not believe ANY should close."
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