Thursday, 28 July 2016
Essential for the Very Survival of the NHS
We urgently need a Labour party that is prepared to undo the damage done to our NHS by successive governments.
Cuts, privatisation and opening the NHS up to the market, against public and professional opinion, has made the NHS less safe, less efficient, and at risk of becoming less caring.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 speeded up a process of destruction that had already started.
The junior doctors’ dispute, still unresolved, reflects the impossibility of providing the same level of routine services over seven days, when the resources scarcely exist to provide this over five.
So we, as NHS doctors from all branches of the profession, whether we are in the Labour party or not, urgently need an opposition that is united, with clear policies to increase funding to the NHS, repeal the Health and Social Care Act, reverse the privatisations, and get rid of markets in healthcare.
and his shadow secretary of state Diane Abbott have declared an intention to do all of this, and have displayed exactly the type of decisive leadership the NHS is calling for.
We believe the re-election of Corbyn as leader of the Labour party is essential for the very survival of the NHS.
Dr Kambiz Boomla General practitioner, London
Dr Jacky Davis Radiologist, London
Dr Louise Irvine General practitioner, London
Dr David Wrigley Chair of Doctors in Unite, Carnforth, Lancashire
Dr Ron Singer Retired GP, London
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy London
Dr Anna Livingstone GP, London
Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis Specialist registrar, infectious diseases; junior doctors committee, BMA, London
Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty Oncology, London
Dr Pete Campbell Acute medicine, Newcastle
Dr Megan Parsons Junior doctor, Manchester
Dr Jackie Applebee GP, London
Dr Pam Wortley Retired GP, Sunderland
Dr Haroon Rashid GP, Ilford
Dr Saul Marmot GP, Bromley by Bow health centre, London
Dr Sasha Abraham GP, London
Dr Gerard Reissman General practitioner, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Sheila Cheeroth GP, Limehouse practice, London
Dr Robert MacGibbon Retired GP, Westleton, Suffolk
Dr Maureen O’Leary Retired consultant psychiatrist, Sheffield
Dr Jack Czauderna Retired GP, Sheffield
Dr Mona Kamal Ahmed Forensic psychiatrist, London
Dr Muna Rashid GP, London
Dr Alex Hardip Sohal GP, London
Dr David Kirby Retired GP, London
Dr Robert Hirst Emergency medicine, London
Dr Iain Maclennan Consultant in public health and retired GP, Sandown, Isle of Wight
Dr Hennah Bashir Emergency medicine, London
Dr Kelly Cruickshank Psychiatry, Salford
Dr Max Thoburn Junior doctor, Manchester
Dr Kathryn Greaves Anaesthetics, London
Dr Shamira Bhika GP, London
Dr Mary Edmondson Retired GP, London
Dr Rishi Dir Orthopaedics, London
Dr Helen Murrell GP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr John Puntis Consultant paediatrician, Leeds
Dr Thabo Miller Paediatrics, Somerset
Dr Ben Hart GP, London
Dr Paul Hobday GP, Horsmonden, Kent
Dr Hilary Kinsler Consultant, old age psychiatry, King George hospital, Ilford
Dr Michael Fitchett GP, London
Dr Soraya Boomla GP, London
Dr Kevin O’Kane Consultant, acute medicine Emma Runswick Medical student, Salford
Dr Coral Jones GP, London