“I quote the STP: ‘Your own bed is the best bed’. What this really means is there will be no other bed available for you. Discharged as early as possible, patients will be reliant on social care providers for their recovery.”
Anyone believing that needs to wake up. Truth is, if you don’t know how to care for yourself, you’ll get no care at all. I’ve been living the truth of that for some years, so sadly, I know this truth all too well.
SPEECH: NHS campaigner Maria Pizzey
On Friday 9 December 11 people from East Kent interrupted a meeting of the board of directors of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust about the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) which the government has asked all health care systems in England to draw up. One of the protestors, Green Party member Maria Pizzey, delivered the following speech:
We are here today to demand, that this board of directors, whose purpose is to serve the population of East Kent, speak openly and honestly about the STP, which is the government’s tool for further privatisation and the dismantling of our NHS.
East Kent’s draft STP outlines the downgrading of services to leave just one A&E site with a trauma unit to provide care for a populace of 1.5 million people.
This means people will die.
Rife with jargon and terminology, the STP has been…
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