Our health service is nearing the precipice, but the damage can be reversed. As a health worker, I need my own union, NIPSA, and the union movement as a whole to step up – to defend our right to a decent standard of living, not to scratch out an existence from month to month; to fight for public ownership of all parts of our health services.
Fresh health cuts totalling £70 million across Northern Ireland have been announced. This is the result of years when the Executive failed to ensure healthcare funding met increased demand, an estimated six percent annual reduction in budgets.
Like most working class people, our family has been hit hard by the austerity agenda imposed over the last ten years by Westminster and Stormont to bail out the bankers and super-rich after the economic crisis they created.
Junior Doctors Step Up Action By Banbha O’Neill Due to the government’s decision to continue with an unpopular new contract for junior doctors, the British Medical Association (BMA) has escalated industrial action planned for 26th April to a full walk-out. This will be the first strike in the history of […]
A&E crisis: Cuts to blame, not patients The semi-permanent crisis in our accident and emergency services was heightened by the annual spike in attendance around the Christmas period. Seriously ill patients were left waiting on trolleys for hours and people with broken bones were sent home with a handful of […]
The recent “pause” of the referral system that allows public money to be given to private health firms has exposed the increasing offensive by the private sector into our NHS. The only complaint by MLAs wasn’t that millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money is drained out of the public purse […]
On 5 June, Unison – the biggest trade union in health – is organising a day of protest over pay. And there is plenty for us to protest about. The recommendation of the NHS Pay Review Body this year was for an across the board rise of 1%. 1%! …After […]