Tuesday, 25 September 2012

NHS links - fightback has begun

An anonymous comment, the fightback has BEGUN!, added to a recent post on this blog, was the feeling expressed last night at a public meeting organized jointly by Bromley Cuts Concern's community campaigners and a reinvigorated Bromley TUC. 

 (Left to right) John MCDonnell MP; Gill George; Mick Carney (chair); Chris Baugh; Glenn Kelly.

The work of two doctors, John Lister and Olive Peedell, not reported in mainstream media, was brought to the attention of invited speakers and gathered supporters. 


Dr. John Lister, in a short YouTube clip from March 2012, is Director of Health Emergency

Some doctors are taking a direct approach [...] Clive Peedell, a consultant oncologist who in January ran six marathons in six days in opposition to the Bill – an extraordinary story that nevertheless gained minimal media coverage [...]

(How to reclaim our NHS from NHS Support Federation website)

Links to recent NHS anti-cuts stories in and around London here, here and here  

Sunday, 23 September 2012

public meetings and open petitions

A Bromley borough resident concerned about cuts and privatisation writes -

This is the Mail on Sunday A&E petition webpage. The Mail is very influential among politicians, and reaches many people who are not aware of what is going on.  If they believe many people are interested, they will cover the NHS privatisation story more and better:

FaceBook users may have seen a page forwarded by a supporter with an invitation to sign and share. It's to ask for Freedom of Information about private sector organisations

 There is a joint shadow SE London Commissioning Boards (Clinical Commissioning Groups) Meeting this coming Thursday (27th Sept) at Coin St Neighbourhood Centre, Stamford St, SE 1 9NH


Here is reminder of Bromley Cuts Concern and Bromley TUC's own joint public meeting tonight


Invited speakers and guests

Gill George, Local NHS worker & Unite trade unionist 
Glenn Kelly, Staff Side Secretary, Bromley Council
Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary, PCS
John McDonnell MP, Chair of Labour's Representation Committee (LRC)
Chair: Mick Carney, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA)

Musical entertainment from Strawberry Thieves Choir

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

Monday, 17 September 2012

350-strong March from Woolwich to Save the NHS

Lynne Windeatt  of Greenwich & Bexley Trades Union Council writes: 
The Save Our Local Hospitals campaign was launched last Saturday September 15th with a 350-strong march from Woolwich town centre to Charlton comprising of local trade unionists - PCS, GMB, UCU, RMT, NUT, Unite and Unison, health campaigners from "Keep Our NHS Public" and "We Love the NHS", the local Labour Party, Greenwich & Bexley Trades Union Council, the Bromley pensioners group  and members of residents associations.
Speakers included Eltham Labour MP Clive Efford, Candy Udwin from "Keep Our NHS Public" and Andy Prendergast, a local GMB Official, all demanding that the government back down from any privatisation and/or closure plans for the three hospitals under threat - Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, Queen Mary in Sidcup and Princess Royal in Bromley.
The march was loud and lively with constant chants to save the NHS.  The day was summed up by a local young female health worker at the Charlton Park rally who pledged that "we are not going to take this lying down".

The government’s plans to privatise and fragment our NHS are taking shape in South London including Bromley areas Lewisham West and Penge. Local doctors are forming a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the locality. Add your name at 38 Degrees petition to your local doctors here  

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

March against further cuts to south London hospitals in Woolwich

Bexley News Shopper continues its support with excellent picture and story on south London's 'Save Our Local NHS Hospitals' campaign. 


March against further cuts to NHS being held on Saturday; picture of previous protest organised by NHS Public

Sarah Trotter's story from September 10 2012 © News Shopper, Bexley edition website 12/9/12

March against further cuts to NHS being held on Saturday; picture of previous protest organised by 
NHS Public.

Protestors who fear for the future of the NHS can march against further cuts to South London hospitals in Woolwich on Saturday.

Following the administration of the South London Healthcare Trust – which runs Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich, Queen Mary’s in Sidcup, and the Princess Royal in Bromley - campaigners are worried that services at these hospitals are under threat.

Staff, patients and residents are being urged to join the “Save South London Hospitals” march run by Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council (GBTC), Save our Local Hospitals and I Love the NHS.

Secretary of GBTC Lynne Chamberlain said: “Unless we fight back with great determination, what we have taken for granted since 1948 is going to be seriously under threat.
"We believe that the NHS should be free for all people. There is enough money to go around.
"We love the Olympics but if there is enough money for that, there should be for the NHS. How can there be money for war and not for the NHS? It doesn’t make sense.”

The protest takes place on Saturday (September 15) at 1pm in Woolwich General Gordon Square.
Campaigning group I Love the NHS has also drawn up a blueprint of services it believes the NHS should provide. It will be presented to parliament and to add your name visit

Don't forget to add your name to 38 Degrees' Open Letter to Jeremy Hunt here

Friday, 7 September 2012

Save Our Local NHS Hospitals

38 Degrees have led this blog's 'useful links' since day one. They've composed a message to new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt HERE. Add your name to the Open Letter now -

Here are two excellent photographs and story from August 31st © News Shopper 5/9/12/ Bexley edition.

PROTESTERS opposing a ward closure at Queen Mary’s Hospital have marched through Sidcup.
Campaigners are angry about the closure of the hospital’s gynaecological ward which treats women for conditions including cancer and fertility issues.
The ward, which closed at the weekend, has been moved to a mixed sex surgical ward at Queen Mary’s.
A group of 20 protesters travelled from Sidcup High Street to the hospital, where they presented a letter to the trust’s administrator, Matthew Kershaw.
Save Our Hospitals member Eileen Smith said: “We were supported by the passing public and many hoots from passing cars.”
An SHLT spokesman said: “We confirm that gynaecology patients will not mix with male patients while being cared for on these wards.
“We’re making changes to the way wards work to bring all our surgical wards together on one floor, so staff with surgical expertise can support each other in caring for our patients that have undergone surgery.”

Don't forget to add your name to 38 Degrees' Open Letter to Jeremy Hunt here!