The doctors' section of Unite - the Medical Practitioners' Union (MPU) - will hold a crisis conference this Saturday (2 March 2013) to strengthen its role as the alternative, radical medical voice in the UK.
Dr Ron Singer, MPU president, said:
"Many doctors are critical of the failure of doctors' organisations to join with the MPU in alerting the public to the scale of the threat to the English NHS. Never before in the history of the NHS has a government mounted such an attack.
"We experience on a daily basis what the Francis report has exposed. The NHS struggles with impossible targets, cuts and privatisation. The latest legal enforcement of competition in the English NHS reneges on promises and reassurances made in the Health and Social Care Act.
"This conference will help the MPU to strengthen its role as the alternative, radical medical voice in the UK. It will give doctors and medical students the opportunity to organise to oppose the cuts in NHS budgets throughout the UK, and to oppose the drive to privatisation in England. Our voice will get louder and not fade away."
Contact Dr Ron Singer on 07976 141 199 or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
- The keynote conference for doctors and medical students will be held by the MPU – to construct a radical alternative to the flawed Health and Social Care Act on Saturday 2 March 2013 from
11:00-16:00 at the Diskus Centre, Unite House, 128 Theobalds’s Road, London WC1X 8TN.
- Further information on the Medical Practioners' Union