(Background is here)
Lunchtime protests will be held at all blood centres in England on Friday 15th June. This is one day after International Donor Day (also the first day of a week of national leafleting in support of NBS workers by the UK IWW). Click below for the addresses of affected centres for any available health activists who would like to go along + give the staff a boost.
The traditionally conservative Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is planning industrial action for the first time since it was founded 125 years ago.
RCM members are outraged that midwives’ pay is now increasing at a rate slower than inflation – in real terms, midwives are getting their pay cut. Delegates at the RCM’s recent conference voted unanimously for a ballot on industrial action, though the College insists it will stop short of a strike.
RCM General Secretary Karlene Davis commented “There is a groundswell of discontent amongst midwives… it is one that the Government ignores at its peril. Morale amongst midwives is plummeting and the pressure on them is increasing”. She added that midwives felt “real anger” at the pay deal.
Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing will also ballot its members on industrial action for the first time in history.
The vital blood processing and distribution service is to be centralised in management cost cutting insanity which will result in blood being transported hundreds of miles by road and skilled workers losing their jobs. This will directly threaten patients’ lives as the blood is driven on congested motorways from the donation centres to the “super centres” and then back out to hospitals.
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I started this site to try and develop an association/network that would have :
* A radical analysis of how healthcare is provided in the UK
* A class analysis, whilst also having a critique of the other ways we are divided, oppressed including according to sex/gender and sexuality, age, race, physical ability, legal status.
* A position on the ongoing privatisation of the NHS as well as a vision for how things could be.
* Solidarity and support for healthcare workers within UK and internationally.
ARM has been going since the 70’s and offers an alternative to a heavily medicalised and pathology obsessed obstetrician led birthing process.
They currently are campaigning around attacks on independent midwifery by the UK government.
If you are involved with the group, or have opinions about it, please comment below.
This website is at as early and undeveloped a stage as is the inspiration behind it : an Association for Radical Healthcare Workers.
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