#SavetheWhittington Update

April 4, 2013

Just before the Easter break angry Whittington community members again asked the Board to stop the sell-off and told them what they think of their horrible plans. This was a tuneful and vociferous protest, and delayed Board procedings for an hour. Yet again the Board refused to respond to our question of whether they will halt the sell-off.

Even Health Minister Jeremy Hunt is saying that Hospital Boards should not make too many cuts in their plans to get Foundation Trust status. He also said they should consult with patients. Our Board has not consulted, only informed.

It is Hunt’s Government’s legislation that has created the need for Foundation Trust status – to make the Hospital into a business unit that can be privatised. This, together with the underfunding of the NHS, has caused the Board to propose these disgusting sell-off plans. We still ask them to join us and not to make the cuts, not to sell off our hospital land, jobs and beds.

What’s next?
We hope you will ALL join us on our Day of Action on Wednesday 24th April to protest against the Sell-off and to encourage people to come to the all London Hospitals Demonstration on 18th May. Please encourage your unions and colleagues to join you in a lunch/break time protest at your workplaces, schools, GP surgeries, health centres, libraries (cat mask and cards attached), and distribute the cards for 18th May. Please let us know when and where you will be doing this and send your photos to this email address. We hope to leave Stop the Sell off placards at the Whittington Community Centre for you to collect a few days before the 24th.


Leaflets for Day of Action From 9.30am tomorrow Friday 5th April you can find leaflets to distribute for the Day of Action, cat masks and cards for the 18th May demonstration at the reception at Whittington Park Community Centre, Yerbury Road, N19 during office hours – access to reception can also be gained via the cafe (entrance to toilets) on Saturdays.

We will also be holding a Rally at 1.00 outside the Hospital and then Mass-lobby of the Board at the Board Meeting at 2pm. It would be great if you could join us! Again bedecked in cat mask, etc!!!

Planning Meeting
Do join us at our planning meeting at 7.00 pm this Monday 8th April, at Archway Methodist Hall.


Shirley Franklin


Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition




Please sign the petition to stop the Whittington Hospital Sell-off!



June Newsletter

June 6, 2011

J30 meeting: Building the Resistance
Monday 13th June, 7pm, Islington Town Hall

Speakers: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Alex Kenny NUT National Executive, Sean Vernell UCU National Executive. 30th June should see up to 800,000 strike against government attacks on pensions, jobs and pay. ATL, NUT, PCS and UCU will be organising co-ordinated national strike action. We would like to invite all anti-cuts campaigners in Islington to this meeting to discuss how we build 30th June as a day of resistance taking forward the fight back against government attacks.
Flyer: June 30th meeting flyer


ATOS Protest
Tuesday 14th June, 5pm, Triton Square

ATOS Healthcare Recruitment Day Picket at. ATOS Origin, 4 Triton Square, Regents Place, NW1 Tube: Euston/Warren St. Buses: 73, 30.
Flyer: ATOS Protest IHOOPS & IDPAC flyer


Tuesday 5th July, 7pm, Islington Town Hall

Please do attend! You are invited to make nominations for Officers, in person or by email, by 13th June 7pm.
Further details: IHOOPS AGM Notice


Welfare Uncut!
Tuesday 7th June, 9am, the Royal Society

Welfare “reforms” don’t fool us! On 7th June, a conference at the Royal Society will bring together those who will play a role in “the biggest shake up of the [welfare] system for 60 years”. In the same week, the Welfare Reform Bill looks set to return to parliament for its third reading. We’re not fooled by the proposals for “reform”: we know they mean abolishing our rights to welfare. While the conference may include some speakers who challenge aspects of the government’s plans, its blurb reads like a DWP press release. Come along and protest. Be there from 9am, Tue 7th June, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Directions: http://royalsociety.org/visit-us/


Defend the Right to Protest Public Forum
Wednesday 8th June, 7pm, ULU (Malet Street)

Speakers: MERLIN EMMANUEL – JUSTICE FOR SMILEY CULTURE, JODY MCINTYRE, ALFIE MEADOWS, TONY BENN, UK UNCUT, BRYAN SIMPSON (arrested for occupying Millbank), JOHN MCDONNELL MP, SARA TOMLINSON –NUT & Stop Kettling Our Kids, THE GUILLOTINE 3 (under suspicion for conspiracy to commit street theatre) http://www.defendtherighttoprotest.org fb group: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170090789719057

Last week in a totally outrageous decision, the Metropolitan police concluded that officers were “justified” in pulling Jody McIntyre from his wheelchair and “inadvertently” hitting him with a baton on the 9th December student fees demonstration. Next week Alfie Meadows, the philosophy student who suffered a brain haemorrhage after been hit on the head by a police officer at the same protest, will be in court on charges of violent disorder. Alfie nearly died as a result of his injuries. Please support us by coming to the public forum on 8th June and showing support outside the court hearings of Alfie Meadows and other protesters on 9th and 10th June.

THURS 9th JUNE (the day of Alfie Meadows hearing) DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ALFIE MEADOWS, JODY McINTYRE, SMILEY CULTURE- PUT POLICE VIOLENCE NOT PROTESTERS IN THE DOCK 9am, Westminster City Court, 70 Horseferry Road FRI 10th JUNE, 9am (the day of Bryan Simpson’s hearing) DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST BRYAN SIMPSON DEFEND STUDENTS RIGHT TO PROTEST 9AM, Westminster City Court, 70 Horseferry Road


IHOOPS Stalls and schools leafleting!
Saturday 11th & 18th June, Nags Head and Angel, 12-1.30pm

We still need volunteers to help leaflet Schools to build for 30th June. This is one hour slots approx 3-4pm om weekdays in June. We also need help to support IHOOPS stalls on 11th or 18th June (and in the coming weeks) We will have stalls at Nags Head and Angel approx. 12-1.30pm Please let me know if you are available.

See you soon!