About us


Logo People Not Profit
Protect Our NHS is a 38 Degrees inspired group of people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire campaigning for a free, public National Health Service. We are affiliated to Keep Our NHS Public. ( http://keepournhspublic.com/ )

We support a health service where the needs of the public, patients and professionals come before privatisation and profit. We want to hold local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to account to prevent private companies taking over local services. Please e-mail us at protectournhs@gmail.com for more information.

Our Position Statement:

We want a comprehensive, fully integrated, cost-effective NHS, financed by taxation, providing high quality services free at the point of delivery to patients whose welfare must always come first. We support fair pay for health workers.

Our Manifesto:

We propose, and call upon our politicians to:

  1. Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and support the NHS Reinstatement Bill (see http://www.nhsbill2015.org/)
  2. Phase-out the provision of NHS services by for-profit private companies
  3. End the sale of NHS assets to the private sector
  4. Abolish the purchaser-provider split between NHS bodies
  5. Save money by stopping the wasteful competitive tendering process for NHS clinical services
  6. Abolish the Private Finance Initiative (PFI – which has saddled parts of the NHS with huge financial burdens) and seek alternative funding sources
  7. Re-establish the Secretary of State’s statutory duty to provide and secure a comprehensive health service
  8. Make the NHS more transparent in all its activities, involving public and patients in the decision-making process
  9. Organise the NHS on the basis of co-operation and focus on the timely delivery of high quality services
  10. Raise awareness of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – which could make privatisation of the NHS irreversible – and campaign for the NHS to be exempt from it
  11. Campaign for proper safeguards to be put in place with regard to the sharing of patient data and oppose the selling of medical records for commercial re-use and/or insurance purposes
  12. Demand the return to the NHS of equivalent monies paid to private and public health companies, where reduced service levels have resulted in an underspend


7 thoughts on “About us

  1. Bristol Nurse says:

    Bristol Anti Cuts Alliance posted that you need people to don scrubs for a demonstration by the Marriott on Saturday. Have you enough people for this? If not, please do contact me, I work as a nurse in the NHS.

    • Mike says:

      Hi – So sorry not to have been in touch since your post. Administrator’s (my!) fault. Just so busy with stuff. We did in fact have some people in scrubs but the more (would have been) the merrier. However, please do keep in touch, and if you’d like to be included in our email group list let me know (07891432224)

  2. […] our NHS,’ were formed out of a petition that arose two years ago and was created by 38 degrees, which opposed the sell-off of NHS public services to private companies for profit. The group want […]

  3. Sam says:

    Dear Protect our NHS

    A couple of days ago I had a chat with one of your members in WOT as your group was out on the streets leafletting and talking with shoppers.

    I thoroughly support your campaign – ideally, it should be everyone’s campaign!

    The lovely lady gave me a couple of your leaflets. I agree completely, as you write, that “The NHS is critically injured”.

    From my perspective though, having been a Bristol NHS patient for 50 years, it’s no good saving the NHS if it’s still going to behave so execrably towards patients.

    I no longer live in Bristol. The last decade of my life as a disabled person in Bristol was beyond a nightmare due to a range of chronically thoughtless, unkind, dismissive, deceitful, negligent and abusive treatment from various NHS staff. (I mean legally proven abuse ).

    It’s left me deeply traumatised. It’s left me terrified of NHS doctors and staff. Even to see the blue NHS logo on your leaflets got my heart racing in panic the other day.I no longer have a GP and avoid all NHS contact.

    I know I’m not alone in this awful type of experience. All my close neighbours in Bristol experienced serious faults in their treatment for a wide range of conditions (with one ‘avoidable fatality’ and others left with avoidable, serious, life-changing injuries).

    I realise that NHS staff are under a great deal of awful pressure and have been for too many years. The thing is, this unmeasurable pressure impacts on patients, sometimes very badly.

    I also realise that it’s not at all what staff want, it’s rather an institutional culture that’s grown up since Thatcher started ‘reforming’ and treating the NHS like a big grocery store instead of a genuine service run by people whose dedication to serving was driven by their compassion and vocation to heal patients. Lack of accountability that was tacitly encouraged alongside Thatcher’s (and successive governments) meddling can only get worse in a commercialised health service. As things are, complaining is useless on an individual basis, and even prejudicial to one’s care.

    But we’re not not even talking about this awful institutional culture problem, except when it comes to extreme cases which affect hundreds of patients (e.g. Mid Staffs and the Francis Commission report/recommendations). If we don’t talk about all this openly we can’t begin to heal it. In my humble opinion, commercialisation is sadly a natural outcome of such a culture (per your very pertinent Chomsky quote!).

    What’s the view of Protect the NHS on this hidden manifestation of the injuries that the NHS is suffering?

    Kind regards

    • Thanks Sam – What traumatic situations you’ve experienced. And thank you for your support. The more you cut public services, the more people suffer and die. The cyber-attack over the weekend a result of underfunded and poor IT standards. Your description of “hidden manifestation of the injuries that the NHS is suffering” is very appropriate. Does patient abuse result from an organisation being abused? Mike

  4. JUDITH BROWN says:


  5. joe harrison says:

    No where to donate what a shame not rocket science I have £50n waiting..Tut Tut..

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“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky

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