BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 10th August 2012
“More Interested In Profit Than Care”
These were the widely reported words of Margaret Flynn in presenting the Serious Case Report on Winterbourne View where residents were seriously mis-treated by ‘poorly paid and untrained staff‘. The clear implication is that this is the result of public bodies handing over services to private providers in order to save money. The private companies look after their shareholders’ interests not those of their service users or staff.
This is precisely what Bristol City Council intend to do when it closes eight of its remaining care homes and seven council-run day centres. The services will be privatised. Service standards will decline. There will be less public accountability. Jobs will go. The private providers will pay lower wages and spend less on training. By getting these services on the cheap, the council will save money at the expense of the elderly and vulnerable. The council calls this ‘modernisation‘; everyone else calls it cuts. And, of course, in the last year the remaining council-run home care service has been privatised and grants to voluntary groups running services like lunch clubs and day centres have been slashed. See more here.
The first two care homes are planned to close before the end of this year. BADACA is working with those effected, both residents and staff, to prevent this happening. The next full council meeting on Tuesday September 18this a key event. BADACA and others will be holding the largest possible lobby of this meeting to tell the council that Bristol doesn’t accept these closures. Please spread the word about this. Details below; Facebook here. Publicity material will be available soon. If you want to get involved in this campaign pleaseemail email@example.com.
Please help us to distribute the new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet as widely as possible. It’s available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details will be available soon about the TUC’s‘A Future That Works’ demonstration on Saturday October 20th. Over the next few months we all need to do everything possible to make this a huge demonstration against the government’s economic policy – Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more details as they become available. Facebook here. Information on TUC website here.
The National Union of Students is also organising a national demonstration against fees, cuts and privatisation on November 21st. Full details soon. Current information is on Facebook here.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested
If you want more information about anything below, email email@example.com
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
BADACA Steering Committee Meeting – Monday 13th August
An agenda has been sent out to affiliated organisations and other members of the steering committee soon. For more information email email@example.com
Come to the council meeting and tell councillors what the people of Bristol think of their plans to cut services for the elderly and vulnerable. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org