A Conversation at InHealth in Stratford

I recently took advantage of a free abdominal scan. When you reach a certain age the NHS offers you a free scan. Of course, this has been contracted out and in this case the company sited in Stratford near to the Unex Tower which houses our local CCG and is the venue for the joint CCG’s to meet, is “InHealth.” Next door to that is “Lantern Health “with its Carpenter’s Practice. In conversation with the health worker at InHealth I learned that his contract had been moved over to InHealth and for the moment, at least, his contractual terms of employment were unchanged. Complimenting me on my KONP badge , however, he was keen to warn me about the dangers of Brexit and US companies. Like many other young healthworkers he had , he said, no option but to work for a private health company, given financial pressures.

Published by philedwards1917

I have been a socialist and activist since the 1970’s. I taught in East London , with a brief interval in Bristol, for 25 years. I was a member of East London Teachers Association and active in the NUT on many campaigns and especially anti-racist campaigns against the BNP. I was secretary of Tower Hamlets TUC and organised a commemoration committee in 1996 to hold a 1000 strong march to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street. I helped organise and drove on three aid convoys to Bosnia during the war and again twice to Kosova in the 1990’s during the war in Yugoslavia. I am now joint secretary of Newham Save Our NHS . I have been a member of the labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership campaign.

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