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National Delegate Conference Bournemouth 19-22 June 2012

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March for the future of the NHS

Carol Ball
Carol Ball

The UK Government’s Health and Social Care Act represents the biggest threat to the integrity and values of the NHS in England in its history and Conference voted overwhelmingly for a range of measures to resist the worst effects of the Act and to intensify UNISON’s campaign against further cuts and privatisation.

The motion also flagged up the threat to patient care in other parts of the UK too, and rejected the myth that the NHS is being protected from cuts, citing tens of thousands of job losses across the UK.

Glasgow City’s Carol Ball reminded delegates that the NHS should be freely available to all who need it. “Not free, as we all contribute through our National Insurance, but free at point of delivery, because that is the kind of society we want to be a part of.”

She told conference that it is right to campaign locally but there is also a need for mass action at a national level, and welcomed the TUC’s call for a national demonstration, March for the Future, on 20th October.

“We must let this Condem Government know that we are proud to be public service workers, we are proud of the services we provide and we are not to blame for this economic crisis.

“We must be there all together to tell them there is an alternative, there is a better way and public works.”






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