Protest outside Neil Carmichael’s office: Keep NHS Public

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by in Featured, Health, News, Politics & Campaigns

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“James Beecher” from campaign group “Stroud Against The Cuts”(SATC) who held a low key protest outside Neil Carmichael’s Office in Stroud to raise concerns that Neil had voted against many of his constituents wishes to reform (sell off) our National Health Service, to private companies and corporations, instead of it being a publicly accountable service for the people of Gloucestershire funded by general taxation.

See film of the talk in March in Stroud with key issues presented by SATC:

Background and update from SATC: In February, campaigners in Gloucestershire forced local NHS bosses to reconsider their plans to outsource local hospitals and community NHS services to a so-called “social enterprise”, taking Judicial Review proceedings to the High Court and obtaining a consent order which required NHS Gloucestershire to scrap its plans, and to both consider NHS options & involve before deciding on how to proceed.

Last week, solicitors Leigh Day & Co., have written to NHS Gloucestershire on behalf of campaigners, warning them that they are in danger of acting unlawfully again, & giving them seven days to rectify the situation, in a case with ‘far reaching implications’. They say the local NHS management appears to have ‘set its face’ against NHS options, despite being “perfectly well aware that both the staff and the public want these services to remain in the NHS”. The letter adds that it appears NHS Gloucestershire bosses ‘continue to misunderstand the clear legal position & that management has ‘taken a decision that it is under a legal obligation to run a tender process…for the provision of community services [& to wrongly] rule out the option of entering into an agreement with NHS Trust without a tendering process.”

See more about NHS campaign at:

You can also see Matt’s very brief videos of comments from others at the demo:

Chris Moore, SATC member and a Socialist Party spokesperson:
Gerald Hartley, SATC member and Green Party spokesperson:

Group shot:


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Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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