The 18 May demo was a great success. We had a fabulous turnout at the Whittington, where about 30 of us – residents and staff met and traveled together on the tube. The total turnout was about 7,000. Great in one way, but I guess I am disappointed that not more people realise what is happening to their health services. So I think our challenge is an information one as well as an activist one!
On Thursday 30 May at 7.00 , the North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity will be holding a meeting in the hall above 12 Pins pub in Finsbury Park.
Planning Meeting, 3 June
Next Monday 3 June, we will be holding our Planning Meeting as usual at ArchwayMethodist Church, 7-9pm (downstairs back room). All welcome. Do come along and share your ideas about the campaign and what we can do to save our services at the Whittington.
We had been planning to hold a joint meeting with the board of the Whittington Hospital to find out their latest plans and to remind them of our opposition to any sell-off. Unfortunately the Chair of the Board, Joe Liddane, is insisting that this meeting is run by them, chaired by them, and with breakout groups. We feel this to be inappropriate. We are therefore hoping that they will change their minds about the meeting’s format so that we can have some sort of effective engagement. We do not want this to be an opportunity for the Board to tick their consultation box, while at the same time they coerce us into believing their plans will be good for the hospital. If cuts and privatisation are involved, that cannot be good for us and our Hospital.
We are really concerned about the role of the consultants, Ernst and Young, that they have employed to help with their application. This is a company where Joe Liddane used to work. It is a non-NHS company, so large sums of our money for health will be going into private hands. Why were they employed, who decided that they should be employed, what was was the selection process like?
HUNT for HUNT Saturday 15 June
Organised by SaveLewishamHospital Campaign
No to the closure of vital A&E services
No to NHS privatisation through the Health and Social Care Act 2012
Local hospitals for local people
Four coaches will be departing from across London:
- 2 coaches from Lewisham for the Lewisham campaign
- 1 coach from North London, including Unite members, WhittingtonHospital(?) and KingGeorgeHospital campaigns.
- Assemble 8.15 at Unite Offices 218 Green Lanes N4 2HB
- 1 coach from West London, including Hammersmith and Charing Cross, Ealing, Kingston, Central Middlesex campaign
Seats cost £5 which is refundable on the day to the unwaged, those of pension age and those with registered disabled use. If you want tickets please email us at dwhc to let us know and email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Coaches will rendezvous at London at 11am at Fleet Services on the M3 and expert to arrive together in Farnham, South West Surrey by noon.
The day will consist of:
- 12.30 – 2.30: Door-to-door canvassing / handing out informational flyers, branded ‘Save our NHS’ balloons and ‘Save our NHS’ / ‘NHS not for sale’ car stickers. We will also get people to sign petitions against the destruction of the NHS (these petitions state: We, the undersigned, call on the Government to: 1) Stop of closure of local hospitals and local hospital services; 2) Stop the privatisation fo the NHS through the Health and Social Care Act 2012; 3) Ensure that all local people have convenient access to local hospital services). At the same time, there will be a street theatre performance by Goldsmith’s students in the high street.
- Between 3pm-4pm, there will be a demonstration outside the local Conservative Party office, and we aim to depart for London at 4.30pm.
Saturday 29 June – Lewisham People’s Commission of Enquiry
Save LewishamHospital campaign are also organising a People’s Commission of Enquiry on 29th June. DWHC has had a strong message of support for our campaign from the human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield, who will be chairing the Enquiry and has asked that anyone involved in the fight for our NHS attends the People’s Commission to show support, you can find more details here:
A Judicial Review will be held in the High Court the following week. The Review is in urgent need of donations to their legal fund, there are details on the link of how you can donate.
Many thanks for your continued support
Shirley Franklin, Chair, Defend the WhittingtonHospital Coalition,
Please sign the petition to stop the WhittingtonHospital Sell-off!