17 August 2021
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen just how important our universal, free healthcare system is for all of us. Even during the darkest days of the past year, our National Health Service has been a beacon of hope.
But now, NHS staff are working flat out without the capacity they need to get through a gigantic backlog. 5.4 million patients in England alone are waiting for treatment right this second.
The government must give our NHS all the funding and extra capacity it needs to care for people urgently and rebuild for the longer term.
September 4th: Save the date!
On Saturday 4th September, the campaign for NHS funding to tackle waiting lists will officially launch with a rally outside Parliament. We’re building a powerful coalition to make this the mass movement our NHS needs: bringing together campaigners, trade unions, big names, health workers, patients, and YOU!
Save the date and spread the word- we’re standing up together to fight for our NHS when we need it most.
If you’re based in London or able to travel: see you from 12-1pm, Saturday 4th September - Opposite Old Palace Yard, Parliament, Westminster, SW1A 0AA
If you're not able to make it an action in person, here's how to get involved on September 4th
- Take a picture with one of our printable placards and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share it on our social media
- You can also take a picture with the placard and do a post with photos on Facebook, Twitter (draft tweet here) and Instagram, tagging @We_ownit. Make sure to tag your MP too, asking them to raise the alarm about waiting lists!
- Sign our petition (petition link to come) and share it with family and friends!
What's going on?
Waiting lists were already too high even before the pandemic. This is because the government has been cutting the vital funding our NHS needs for 10 years. With the additional pressure of responding to Covid, it’s never been more urgent.
Our NHS must be given the resources it needs to provide the care we need.
Right now, if you can afford it, you’re pushed into going private. People are having to take out enormous loans or pay thousands of pounds of their savings for life-saving heart surgery. This goes against everything we love about our NHS and what it stands for. We cannot allow this crisis to be used to create a two tier US-style system.
We know that waiting lists are a political decision, not the fault of our dedicated health workers.
Instead of funding the NHS, the Conservatives are handing £10 billion over to the private sector. They’re also pushing forwards their Corporate Takeover Bill, to hand more control over how NHS money is spent to private companies.
We know that the solution is proper funding, not profiteering private companies and reorganisation.
So it’s time the government hears us loud and clear: we won’t wait. Join the campaign launch on September 4th!
Your voice is vital
Over the past week, hundreds of people have submitted personal stories to back the campaign. These stories show the human impact of waiting lists, with so many suffering while waiting for urgently needed care. Some of us have had to make huge financial sacrifices to pay for private treatment or go without.
Our stories are key to cutting through government spin and calling for the NHS to be properly funded. With millions of people struggling, feeling frustrated and unheard, we are building a platform to ensure these stories are listened to. They’ll be front and centre at the campaign launch.
If you would like to share your experience of waiting for care you need, or the impact of having to resort to private care, leave a comment below.
Local actions taking place on September 4th:
Edinburgh - 12-1pm, Holyrood, EH99 1SP
Skelmersdale - 2-3pm, Nye Bevan Pool, WN8 6LT