We’ve got a Government that remains determined to break up the NHS and hand over anything profitable to the private sector. For patients – particularly older people, people with disabilities, and people with chronic conditions – this will be an absolute disaster. For health workers, too, this is about attacking our pay, our conditions, and our ability to offer high quality patient care. We have to resist this in any way we can.
The leadership of our Union matters in this context. We need a General Secretary who will stand up to the Labour Government – not just at the level of huffing and puffing a bit, but prepared to make Unite funding contingent on the Government giving something back in return.
I’m backing Laurence Faircloth because – of all the candidates – I believe that he is best placed to do this. Laurence’s leaflet for Health Sector reps is here. Every rep in Unite’s Health Sector should be nominating Laurence Faircloth.