Campaign guide - NHS Cuts and closures

I'll cut the deficit, not the NHS, promised Cameron. But what's the real story? One of OurNHS's key NHS campaigns

10 December 2013
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Read about NHS cuts and closures on OurNHS here and here or see links on the right.

What A&Es have already been cut? This up to date (October 2014) list from the Daily Telegraph lists the 64 A&E and maternity departments that have been cut. The government’s November 2013 ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Review, phase 1’, which appears to  envisage further closures and downgrades of up to 100 units, according to the Telegraph.

‘NHS rationing is putting patients' lives at risk, says doctors leader’ - head of the BMA writes in the Guardian after the Act came into force.

‘NHS Cuts Route Finder’ - A useful (if not fully up to date) map of cuts across the country (perhaps someone would like to volunteer to update it?).

‘Population ageing - the timebomb that isn’t?’ - November 2013 article in British Medical Journal debunking the myth that we can’t afford the NHS due to an ageing population.


Challenge closure plans - check out the whole ‘TSA’ section from the successful Save Lewisham Hospital campaign.

Find official figures on bed shortages and waiting times via Full Fact Finder.

‘Your rights as an NHS patient’ - Advice from Patients 4 the NHS on dealing with individual examples of poor care.

See other campaigning tips on our 'Resources - Campaign tools' page here.

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