Monday, 11 February 2013

NHS Save our Hospital London Wide Action & Events



An unprecedented coalition of London residents, NHS staff, trade unions and health campaigners has come together to raise the alarm regarding the biggest threats to A & E’s, maternity units and in-hospital care for a generation.
Closures planned across the capital include nine accident and emergency departments, a number of maternity units and thousands of hospital beds that campaigners believe will put lives at risk. 
Tens of thousands of Londoners have protested and demonstrated to save their local hospitals in recent months. 80,000 signed a petition against the closures in North West London. 25,000 took to the streets in January to defend Lewisham hospital.  

The government haven't listened, though they are clearly rattled. First Jeremy Hunt pretends to save Lewisham A&E, and now the Tory council in Hammersmith claim to have "saved" Charing Cross hospital. Local health workers and campaigners can see through these attempts to divert our campaigns to save London's health service. 

In a new move, these campaigns have joined up in a coalition to campaign to call on the government to stop these closures.

They plan to work together to undermine what they believe are the government’s divisive tactics of playing one hospital off against another. Instead they are demanding that the government provide the funding needed for safe levels of care across the capital. Doctors will challenge the notion that planned closures are clinically led, as increasing numbers of clinicians speak out against the damaging impact these cuts will have on patient care. 

The campaign is being launched with a week of action across London from 09 - 16 February. 
The week-long actions will include protests, a singing flash mob, candle lit vigils, rallies and demonstrations. 

Joint Press Conference
Monday 11 February House of Commons
Those attending include:  Andy Slaughter MP (Hammersmith), Dr Louise Irvine, Chair Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Dr Onkar Sarota, Chair Save Ealing Hospital Campaign, Shirley Franklin, Chair Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition, John Lister, Frank Wood Chair Unite the Union Health Regional committee, Julie Reay, Save Kingston Hospital campaign

Save Ealing Hospital Candle lit vigil
Saturday 09 February 5-6.30pm Ealing Hospital

Central Middlesex Hospital Candle lit vigil
Saturday 09 February 5pm Central Middlesex Hospital

Defend Whittington Hospital Public Meeting
Tuesday 12 February 7.30pm Archway Methodist Hall, Archway Close N19
Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn, David Lammy, Frank Dobson & Emily Thornberry

Valentine Day card for Ealing hospital
Thursday 14 February Handed in to NHS NW London

Save Lewisham Hospital Rally
Friday 15 February 1pm Lewisham Hospital

Defend the NHS Singing Flash Mob
Friday 15 February 5.45pm A central London station

Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals Campaign Protest March
Saturday 16 February 12 noon Lyric Square King Street

Kingston Save Our Hospitals Demonstration
Saturday 16 February 12 noon Norbiton Station march to Guildhall

Defend Whittington Hospital Action
Saturday 16 February Holloway Road N19

Ealing Hospital Action
Saturday 16 February 12 noon Ealing Broadway shopping centre

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