From: Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2013
Subject: Report back – the Stop the Sell-off campaign escalates
REPORT BACK FROM MEETING
Over 550 people filled Archway Methodist Hall, three overspill rooms and the foyer on Tuesday night. The hospital Board were unable to convince us that their proposals to sell off the site, sack 570 staff and reduce the beds from 330 to 177 (despite recent red alerts regarding overoccupancy) are acceptable, and the meeting called for the proposals to be dropped. What is happening at our hospital would impact on other hospitals in the locality if the proposals went ahead, and hospitals across London are also being decimated.
So we have to up the ante….
We are already part of the London-wide coalition ‘Defend London’s NHS’, launched this week, and the save the hospitals campaigns. This Saturday is a London Day of Action. We are also calling for a London and national demonstration to save our health service.
The Public Meeting was a very complicated one to organise, and we want to say a big, big thankyou to all the people who volunteered as stewards on the night, they played a major role in helping it to run so smoothly.
Saturday 16th February is a Day of Action to save London hospitals, please let us know if you would like to join a stall at Nags Head near Morrisons at 12 noon.
Monday 18th February 7.30pm, Archway Methodist Hall (downstairs room), Archway Close, N19 3TD
Campaign Planning Meeting
We would like participants from every group – neighbourhood, political, campaign, healthworkers including consultants, trade union, patients…
Donations from organisations will be gratefully received at this meeting
This is planned for Saturday 16th March, and is currently being negotiated with TFL, the local and Met police and Islington council.
Watch this space for further information about London and NHS demonstrations!
If anyone has any further questions for us or the board, please email them to us.
A big thankyou to the local and national press and TV for the coverage they have given to the campaign, which has really helped us to build awareness of it.
We look forward to seeing you at our activites to Stop the Sell-off!