Saturday, 25 August 2012

Bromley NHS and Trades Council public meeting

Following on from August 16th's blog post - here are updated details of Bromley Against the Cuts trades union council open meeting planned next month.Chaired by local trade unionist Mick Carney (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association) with  confirmed line-up of invited speakers and guests. 

Crisis in South London Health Trust & Cuts to Public Services
Gill George, Local NHS worker & Unite trade unionist 
Glenn Kelly, Unison Staff Side Secretary, Bromley Council
Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary, PCS
John McDonnell MP, Chair of Labour's Representation Committee (LRC)
plus musical entertainment from Strawberry Thieves Choir
Monday, September 24th, 7pm
HG Wells Centre
St Marks Road
Nr. Bromley South Station.


In the meantime, with news of more local activity, Fran Hook of 
Save Our Local Hospitals campaign (Tel: 0208853 2567) writes - We have found out that the Gynaecological Ward [ Cray Ward ] of 28 beds is being closed this coming weekend and moving to Chislehurst ward, which is a mixed sex surgical ward. the Gynaecological beds are being reduced to 10.  We do not know where these patients will be treated. There is also the issue of the Admin Staff being asked to cover admin over a 12 hours shifts over three sites, and they will have a one to one meeting with their managers.

 (clipping from Bexley Times E-edition, 30/8/12)

South London Healthcare Trust: sign the petition 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

'A future that works'

"A future that works" is the slogan of the TUC's planned national demonstration on October 20th.  

Bromley Against the Cuts is using the TUC's campaign in an attempt to reboot Bromley Trades Council and revitalise concerned residents and local trade unionists' efforts to work together in solidarity. Here are three south London public events to kick things off in the next days and weeks.

Save Our Local Hospitals planning meeting
Wednesday, August 22nd, 7pm
Sidcup Labour Club
31-33 Sidcup Hill, Sidcup
All Welcome.

Saturday, September 15th
Greenwich & Bexley TUC march and rally
Assemble 1pm General Gordon Square Woolwich (Opposite Woolwich Arsenal Train & DLR Station and bus stops), marching to Charlton.

Lynne Chamberlain, Secretary of Greenwich & Bexley Trades Union Council writes
For more details or for answers to any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at Greenwich & Bexley TUC, 16 Brewery Road Plumstead London SE18 7PT, Tel: 07884080602, or email

Next public meeting organised by Bromley Against the Cuts

Monday, September 24th, 7pm
HG Wells Centre
St Marks Road
Nr. Bromley South Station.
All welcome. 

Invited speakers: 
A local health union representative (tbc)
Glenn Kelly, Staff Side Secretary, Bromley Council
John McDonnell MP, Chair of Labour's Representation Committee (LRC)
plus entertainment from the Strawberry Thieves Choir

Monday, 13 August 2012

Save Our Local Hospitals

Although Bromley Cuts Concern's blog here has been offline and without new posts this month, friends and supporters have been active out there in the real world. Here is an extract from a short report by Lynne Chamberlain, Secretary of Greenwich and Bexley Trades Union Council.
(On Tuesday July 24th) at the Old Bexley & Sidcup Labour Party HQ around 30 representatives of all the major local pro-NHS campaigns, CLPs and supporters, including the Greenwich & Bexley TUC,  sat down to form and agree, in a spirit of unity,  a co-ordinated campaign to protect our local hospitals. The campaign willl be called Save Our Local Hospitals and this is a major step forward in the fightback that will be essential if we are to stop our local hospitals being privatised or even worse.
A committee was formed and the meeting voted unanimously to support the Greenwich & Bexley TUC Save our Hospitals march from Woolwich town centre 1pm on Saturday September 15th 2012. Agreed by the council but exact details to be defined.

In addition Greenwich & Bexley TUC activists and Bromley Against the Cuts supporters have held two Save the NHS events meetings and taken hundreds of leaflets and postcards for public distribution among local residents and shoppers since the beginning of August.