Effect of Government Proposals for the NHS

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2011 Retired Members' Conference
20 June 2011

The effect of the changes proposed and ongoing by the government are having adverse effects for pensioners, which will increase as the changes are implemented and efficiency drives accelerated.

Already cataract operations have been reduced as have operations for replacement hip and knee joints.

These ailments are more prevalent amongst the elderly who will increasingly become less able to cope and become more of a burden for the NHS as well as family and friends.

Conference agrees this is not acceptable in a big or any society and calls upon the National Retired Members’ Committee to:

i. Campaign vigorously in defence of the NHS, co-operating with working members as well as those organisations opposing these changes;

ii. Support UNISON regions in setting up NHS watches in order that local losses of services can be brought to public attention and fully opposed at both local and national levels.