GPs and campaigners to debate how to defend the NHS

Doctors and medical students from campaign groups and unions will meet next month to discuss how to defend the NHS against privatisation and the impact of seven-day services.

Dr Ron Singer: president of Medical Practitioners' Union, part of Unite (Photo: JH Lancy)
Dr Ron Singer: president of Medical Practitioners' Union, part of Unite (Photo: JH Lancy)

The conference, organised by Unite, the country’s biggest trade union, will debate how doctors can 'roll back the right-wing ideological tide that is engulfing the NHS'. 

Among the speakers will be former RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada.

Topics for discussion will include the effects on the workforce of seven-day NHS plans and health service provision for refugees.

Chairman of Unite’s GPs’ section the Medical Practitioners’ Union, retired GP Dr Ron Singer, said there was a ‘deep hostility’ among the public to the privatisation of the NHS.

‘Recent political events show that many people want something hopeful and positive from politicians,' said Dr Singer. ‘This chimes with the enduring popularity of the NHS as publicly owned and  providing a high quality service.

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‘Doctors and medical students will have greater impact on policy decisions and spearheading public opinion, if they can work closer together.'

‘We hope that by agreeing common ground doctors and students will be more able to campaign for a better NHS and social care future for patients and staff.’

Conference speakers are expected to include representatives of Crash Call for the NHS, Doctors in Unite, Doctors of the World UK, Medact, Medsin, NHS Doctors for the NHS, NHS Survival, Patients First and the Socialist Health Association.

The conference takes place at Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN from 11.00 -16.00 on Saturday 17 October.

Doctors and medical students can book tickets online.

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