Last update 11th. September 2006


Socialist Health Events

The events of the last week mean that the debate about the future direction of the Labour Party is more open now than it has been for several years. We want to make sure that the important questions about health policy which have never been properly discussed are not neglected now.

Most importantly we are proposing a change to Clause 4 of the constitution of the Labour Party deleting the vague words put there in 1994 to make it clearer that fairness and equality is the central aim of the Labour Party. This amendment will not be debated until the conference next year, but to start our campaign we have organised a symposium on Inequality under Labour on Monday 25th September from noon to 7.30 pm with an exciting range of speakers: - Prof Sheena Asthana, University of Plymouth; Louise Bamfield, Fabian Society; Karen Buck MP, Labour Housing Group; Prof Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield; Dennis Fernando, National Assembly Against Racism; Sunder Katwala, Fabian Society; Sir Gerald Kaufman MP; Neal Lawson, Compass; Madeline Moon MP; and Prof Richard Wilkinson, University of Nottingham Medical School. There is no charge for this, but we are supplying excellent Somali food and we hope people will make a donation to cover the cost of that.

On Tuesday 27th at lunch time we have a meeting jointly with the Socialist Education Association about healthy schools - with Mike Newman and other speakers tbc

On Wednesday 26th we have a fringe meeting at lunch time -The War on Drugs - Another unwinnable American adventure? With Prof John Ashton; Camilla Cavendish, The Times; Danny Kushlick Transform Drug Policy Foundation; Dr Geof Rayner; Polly Toynbee and Dr Paul Walker.

Entry is again free, Asian lunch is provided.

These events are all in the Friends' Meeting House Mount Street Manchester M2 5NS, which is the base for the Socialist Societies for the conference. A list of all the events in the Meeting House and elsewhere organised by the various societies is attached. They are all open to the public and outside the security cordon. In addition to the programme of events you are invited to call in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon for a chat, to see the displays and for refreshment or a bit of peace. Tea, coffee, and healthy snacks will be available from noon to 8pm.

On Wednesday 11th October 2006 we have a seminar on Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ with Sarah Thewlis Chief Executive, Nursing & Midwifery Council; Arthur Keefe, member of the General Social Care Council; Carol English Amicus; Kevin Barron MP, member of the General Medical Council; Tina Funnell, member of the Neale Enquiry; Tom Smith Senior policy analyst British Medical Association and Rachel Tripp Director of Policy & Standards Health Professions Council

We are running a series of discussions about future health policy and the Labour Party National Policy Forum consultation document on health (available at This starts with the Labour Party Socialist Societies joint Policy Forum on Saturday 23rd September - 1.00pm-6.00pm St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester with Hazel Blears MP, Chair of the Labour Party, and Ian McCartney MP. After the conference we have arranged a series of seminars: Cardiff Saturday 7th October, Exeter 28th October, Leeds Saturday 4th November, Birmingham Saturday 11th November and London Saturday 2nd December. We hope to get speakers both from those who want to Keep Our NHS Public and from those who think that more choice and marketisation is the way forward.

Further details of all these events, costs and a booking form are on our website:

Fringe programme

Martin Rathfelder


Socialist Health Association

22 Blair Road


M16 8NS

0870 013 0065