Apr 19th, 2011
NHS campaign – how can we up the pressure?
Does Health Minister Andrew Lansley know how to listen? The government have announced they’ll pause their NHS plans and launch a two month “listening exercise”. But when nurses voted 99% against Andrew Lansley’s NHS plans, he responded by claiming that nurses supported him! 
If Lansley won’t listen, we need to make sure other politicians do. Let’s step up our campaign to ensure there’s a real rethink.
Please take two minutes to answer some quick questions and help decide what we do next to save the NHS:
It’s no surprise that so many of us are working together to protect the NHS. The NHS is a matter of life and death. We rely on it to look after us and our loved ones properly. So many experts, doctors and nurses warn that Lansley’s plans could spell the end of the NHS as we know it – we just can’t risk that happening.
Overall, it’s clear we need to do two BIG things in the next two months:
1- Persuade our local MPs that the voters want a real rethink of NHS plans
2- Persuade Cameron and Clegg that it will ruin their reputation to push Lansley’s plans through
But what are the best ways to do this? Local events? Newspaper ads? Visit our MPs? Get more local health care experts involved? Something else?
We can do this! By working together we planned the Save Our Forests campaign. Now let’s plan the campaign to protect the NHS:
PS: Our campaign is working. Here’s what the Chief Political Correspondent at Sky News has said about it: “I can reveal that the Tory wobble is the result of a lobbying campaign by a pressure group called 38 Degrees, which has launched an internet petition which already has more than 252,000 signatures.” . That’s us! Now we need to decide what we should do next to save the NHS. Please answer a few quick questions here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/up-the-pressure
 The vote of no confidence http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/13/nursing-vote-no-confidence-andrew-lansley
The government announced the listening exercise: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/06/government-pause-listen-reflect-improve-nhs-reform
Nursing vote and Landsley’s response: