The NHS at 65: Many happy returns?
The NHS was built to care for Britain. On 5 July 2013, it will be our National Health Service's 65th birthday. Don’t let this government make it the last.
As the NHS turns 65, we're facing a fight to expose the cuts and privatisation that threaten to break it up, to campaign for patient safety and safe staffing levels, to resist public funds being diverted into private profits, and to lobby for transparency and openness from all providers.
Help get as many people as possible publically celebrating our NHS, and send a warning to those who'd like to see more and more of this vital public service delivered for profit.
What can you do for the NHS' 65th birthday?
1. Go to a birthday event in your area.
Unions and campaign groups are planning local events to mark the NHS' birthday over the next few days, including a 7pm TUC-backed rally at the Town Hall in Manchester on Friday. UNISON, Unite, the GMB and the Socialist Health Association have listings of activities around the country. Visit their sites and see if there's something happening near you:
2. Send an eCard to friends and colleagues
Send one of our Jeremy Hunt or Nye Bevan NHS birthday eCards to your friends to get them taking part too.
3. Petition for transparency from private providers
Private providers taking on NHS work should have to adhere to public standards of transparency, so we can hold them to account where privatisation is failing. Without Freedom of Information regulations, there's little campaigners can do to find out what private firms have been up to, and we'll lose a lot of information about our health service. Help cast a light on their activities by adding to the pressure for transparency.