Defend #Whittington public meeting, 19 September

September 16, 2013

Hi Everyone,

  • Public Meeting on THURSDAY!!!!!
  • Demonstration on 29th September
  • Other Campaigns
  • Next Meeting of DWHC Planning group

Public Meeting at Archway Methodist Church Hall at 7.00 pm on Thursday 19th September.

We have a great range of speakers as you will see on our attached poster, in addition to our local MPs and leader of the Council and two speakers from other campaigns. The Acting Chair of the Hospital Board, Robert Aitken and Dr Martin Kuper, the Medical Director, will be speaking to us about the new “improved” plans.

Over the past months, we had meetings and sent them a load of questions to which we really need answers. During this time the new plans were published, so we asked more questions. At long last we have had a response, but not really answers to the vital questions. A key fact is that there is the rather serious loss of medical staff in the first 6 months of this year. This contradicts what we thought was said about no job loss and no building loss. The evasive answers are also problematic.

We remain very concerned about their dependence on community care at a time of cutbacks.

If they fail to get the Trust agreed another Hospital Trust would probably manage our Hospital. Whoever runs the Hospital we will be there to campaign for our local Hospital, with an A and E, Intensive Care, Maternity Paediatric and other medical departments that meet our health needs,

So do come to the meeting and ask a question about the plans.

Please note that while there is wheelchair access at this venue it is limited, and we are currently trying to increase the accessibility. If you are planning to come to the meeting and use an electric chair you are advised to email defendwhittington@gmail.com for further details.

Demo in Manchester at the Conservative Party Conference on 29th September

There will be coach transport to this demo. It will pick people up from outside the Hospital at around 7.00 am. Tickets will cost £10 for waged and £5, unwaged.
You can get your tickets at out public meeting
See DEMO VIDEO with Roger Lloyd Pack – a strong Whittington supporter, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS8N0BHiVKg 
DEMO INFO FROM THE TUC HERE, http://www.tuc.org.uk/industrial/tuc-22405-f0.cfm
Save our NHS A4 poster <http://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/627/Save_Our_NHS_Tory_Party_Conference_2013_A4_Poster.pdf>
Save our NHS A5 flyer <http://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/628/Save_Our_NHS_Tory_Party_Conference_2013_A5_Flyer.pdf>

Other Campaigns

Charlotte Monro, a Unison chairperson at Whipps Cross Hospital who is speaking at our public meeting, has been suspended. The Hospital is making cuts and downgrading staff, mainly due to PFI debts.. See http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/barts-suspends-union-leader-as-1000-staff-compete-to-keep-jobs-8781964.html

  • STOP THE CUTS AT BARTS
    Open meeting and ‘Spirit of 45’ film showing
    THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 5.45 pm
    Whitechapel Medical School (Innovations Lecture Theatre) Turner Street, E1, http://saveournhs-el.org.uk/?page_id=292

USEFUL INFORMATION

Also, did you know?….

the Chair of Monitor, the sector regulator for health services in England, previously worked for McKinsey & Co, the international management consultant company now vying for private NHS contracts worth billions of pounds. You can read more here, including other previous McKinsey employees now in senior posts at Monitor, in none other than the Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2099940/NHS-health-reforms-Extent-McKinsey–Companys-role-Andrew-Lansleys-proposals.html

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Defend #Whittington backs anti-Tory demo

September 5, 2013

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition will be holding:

  • A public meeting on Thursday 19 September
  • Transport to the National Save our NHS Demonstration on Sunday 29 September

Update on Whittington Hospital

Our Stop the Sell-off campaign was largely successful, as the hospital is now going for a growth model, and not selling off as many buildings as originally planned.

Issues

i)  The early discharge element is of serious concern, as it depends on people having a good support environment for after care. This is not the case in our area, where there are increasingly high levels of single occupancy,  deprivation, elderly, lone parents, carers and mental illness. At a time where care for these people is decreasing early discharge may not be in their best well-being interest.

ii) Dependence on community health resources. The whole concept of Whittington Health is dependent on the Hospital winning bids, which they may or may not win, in this nasty, privatised, competitive, commissioning environment. If, for example, they lose the bid next year for Haringey Community health services, what happens to their Foundation Trust plans?

Local Public Victory Meeting at 7pm, Thursday 19 September, at Archway Methodist Hall.

Speakers include local MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, speaker from the Hospital Board to update us, BMA executive member and Whittington consultant – Dr Jacky Davis, Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign – Dr Louise Irvine, and we are hoping that Charlotte Monro, suspended Whipps Cross Hospital Unison Chair, will also join us.

Please help us to promote this meeting through the attached leaflet, which you can display on your window, give to friends, neighbours and colleagues, or collect piles for distribution from Whittington Community Centre in Yerbury Road, N19 – collectable from next Tuesday.

Save our NHS Demonstration at Tory Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday 29 September

The problems at the WhittingtonHospital stem from the Government’s Health and Social Care legislation, forcing all hospitals to become foundation trusts by the end of next year, and from their austerity measures. This has affected other hospitals through the necessity for massive PFI repayments for which they are inadequately funded. Privatisation is at the heart of this Act and will cause massive downgrading of our health services as our health monies go to shareholders instead of meeting health needs.

The demonstration is focused around these issues. So it would be great of we could have a strong Whittington contingent on our coach. Tickets cost £10, and £5 for concessions.  Please let us know if you can come.

Look forward to seeing at the above events. Thanking you for your support to Stop the Sell off of at the Whittington, and of our NHS.

Bernard Berhman

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Bernard Berhman, a supporter of DWHC, died in the WhittingtonHospital almost two weeks ago. Bernard was an active supporter of the campagin, and we send his family and friends our thanks and deep condolences.

Shirley Franklin
Chair Defend the WhittingtonHospital Coalition
www.dwhc.org.uk
@dwhcoalition

#SaveTheWhittington

Facebook Pages
Defend WhittingtonHospital Coalition:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/243554475615/


#Islington #anti-cuts events include Save #NHS demo

September 5, 2013

Rally for Education
14/09/2013
central London
Organised by the NUT and NASUWT for parents, students, support staff and others.

NHS Whittington Local Public Victory Meeting
19/09/2013
7pm, at Archway Methodist Hall, Archway Rd, London, Greater London N19 3TD
Speakers include local MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, speaker from the Hospital Board to update us, BMA executive member and Whittington consultant – Dr Jacky Davis, Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign – Dr Louise Irvine and also a Unison activist suspended from work

NHS Demonstration at Tory conference in Manchester
29/09/2013
7am, Islington Town Hall
Coaches £5 to £10

Say No to Legal Aid Cuts protest
05/10/2013
11am, Old Bailey, EC4M 7EH

IHOOPS Peoples Assembly Event
Planned for 17/10/2013,
6-9pm, IslingtonTown Hall, Upper St., N1 2UD

London Teachers’ Strike
Week beginning 18/10/2013
Organised by London NUT and NASUWT

North London Peoples Assembly
26/10/2013, Venue to be confirmed
Prominent speakers and workshops on the key areas of resistance to cuts involving local campaigners and trade unionists.

Student Assembly Against Austerity
02/11/2013
Central London. More info. www.studentassemblyagainstausterity.tumblr.com/

National Teachers’ Strike
Week beginning 18/11/13
Organised by national NUT and NASUWT