NO OUTSOURCING OUR SERVICES: CAMPAIGN HANDS IN 3600 LETTERS
12 March 2015, a group from the campaign including Dr Louise Irvine and Dr Brian Fisher, Lewisham GPs, handed in 3600 letter to government quango Monitor from Lewisham patients requesting that Lewisham services not be put out to tender ie remain within public hands in the NHS. To read more click here.
END OF CHARLOTTE MONRO’S TRIBUNAL – A FIGHT WELL FOUGHT!
Charlotte’s employment tribunal ended on Tuesday 17 March. The tribunal, which should have begun last autumn, in the end took nearly 8 days spread over January and the last week. It was a principled and brave fight from Charlotte, her family, friends and support campaign, a fight which the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign was proud to support. To read Charlotte’s campaign statement click here.
NHS REINSTATEMENT BILL PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT BY CROSS PARTY MPS
Groups of health campaigners including the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, KONP, Call 999 NHS, Save St Helier Hospital Campaign, and Ealing Hospital campaign came to show support for the bill. Click here to see pics and short interview with bill drafter, Peter Roderick.
SAVE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CAMPAIGNER GETS QUESTION TO CAMERON
In an incredibly stage-managed and biased ‘Leaders debate’ on Sky/Channel 4 with wannabe Tory candidate Jeremy Paxman, Lewisham campaigner Vicky Penner managed to get a question to Cameron on the NHS. Vicky’s question follows a first question, on privatisation. To view click here
A PERSONAL GLIMPSE OF THE US HEALTH SYSTEM
A personal and very revealing account from a US citizen now living in the UK. Click here.
DEFEND LONDON’S NHS RALLY 10 MARCH, HAMMERSMITH
A contingent from Lewisham attended the successful rally of over 500 people. Speakers included Dr Sandhu, Andy Slaughter MP, Dr Louise Irvine, Owen Jones, Click here for pictures.
STRIKES OF ISS WORKERS AT QE HOSPITAL
Over 200 GMB members are employed by private contractor ISS at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. They have carried out successful one day strikes and were threatening strike for 5 days beginning9 March. Read more about the issues involved.
STAFFORD HOSPITAL PROTEST CAMP HAS ENDED! WE SALUTE YOU! Since July 18 Support Stafford Hospital campaigners have camped out in the hospital grounds as part of their fight to stop the transfer of services and downgrading of the hospital. The camp was dismantled on Saturday 31 January after campaigners had protested for 197 days. Read more
WINNING THE BEST COMMUNITY CARE – VIDEO AND NEW QUESTIONNAIRE
The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign is proud to announce the release of a film by Stuart Monro of Winning the Best Community Care events put on by the SLH campaign together with Lewisham Healthwatch. To watch the video and to find out more click here.
STOP ACADEMIES IN LEWISHAM!
Academy plans are being mooted for Bonus Pastor, Prendergast Hilly Fields, Prendergast Ladywell Fields, Prendergast Vale and… Sedgehill. To view information, voice concerns, find out about campaigns, lobbying and other actions visit https://www.facebook.com/StopAcademiesinLewisham. Students, parents and staff have been taking action today, 5 March. Follow the campaign on twitter @SAILewisham
SAVE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN SOLIDARITY WITH GREECE HOSPITAL & CLINIC
Louise Irvine took part in a 3 day intensive investigation with a British delegation of conditions in the Greek health service. See a video of her talking about the delegation here. Since then the campaign has voted to begin solidarity actions on behalf of the Greek health services.
999 CALL FOR THE NHS CONVENTION FOR THE NHS SAT 28 FEBRUARY 11.30-5PM Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W6 NJU. A day of planning and campaign workshops. See 999callfornhs.org.uk to register
TTIP EVENT IN LEWISHAM TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 7.15 – 9PM Lewisham civic centre Tuesday 24 February will be hosting an open evening, supported by a range of organisations, for every one concerned about, or wanting to understand what TTIP is all about. this is a free event . TTIP will have major impact on NHS. workers rights. privacy laws and the environment. Click here to find out more about TTIP.
A PRESENT FOR THE CAMPAIGN! THANK YOU DAVE LOCKETS To see a wonderful picture from local artist Dave Lockets click here . Dave said “To the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign: Please find the enclosed image of my painting which I thought you might like to see. Your campaign will certainly be long remembered and I know it is not finished…”
DAVID OWEN NEW BOOK INCLUDES PEOPLE’S COMMISSION We are very pleased that Lord Owen, who campaigns passionately against the Health and Social Care Act, has included a chapter on the Lewisham People’s Commission (which he spoke at) in his latest book The Health of the Nation, NHS in Peril. See People’s Commission page for more information and to order the full set of Commission DVDs and Report.
CLIVE EFFORD BILL GOES TO COMMITTEE STAGE 4 FEBRUARY Our campaign held a successful vigil outside Parliament 0n Friday 21 November) as Clive Efford’s NHS Bill was debated inside Parliament. Click here to see video from Stuart Monro. A successful meeting inside Parliament was attended by over 50 campaigners attended by Clive Efford. The Bill goes to the Committee stage on 4 February 2015 click here
WHAT IS THE CARE.DATA SCHEME AND WHY SHOULD WE OPPOSE IT? GP practices across England have been required to supply patients’ personal and confidential medical information to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Is your data safe and how could you opt out? Click here for more information
RIVOLI FUNDRAISER AND VICTORY CELEBRATION FANTASTIC SUCCESS! A great night at the Rivoli on Friday 28th October. Thanks to all our supporters – 500 of you came along to make it a TRULY memorable anniversary of our victory. MASSIVE thanks to Rivoli owner Bill, Millwall Football Club, Tina T’urner Tea Lady, Hoola DJ DA ‘Lynne and Lord Anthony Read more thanks and see short video here
NHS NURSES MIDWIVES, STAFF ON STRIKE AGAINST LOW PAY The SLH campaign supported nurses, midwives and other NHS workers on the picket line at Lewisham Hospital in the NHS strike years on Monday 24 November. Staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, employed by private operator ISS were also on strike this week – they want parity with NHS staff. Click here to find out more and see photos and video.
UP TO 20,000 PEOPLE GATHERED TO MEET THE DARLO MUMS AND THE 999 PEOPLE’S MARCH FOR THE NHS. The People’s March for the NHS followed the historic footsteps of the Jarrow Crusade. See photos and links and read more…
31 JULY WAS THE ANNIVERSARY OF OUR FIRST COURT VICTORY AGAINST JEREMY HUNT’S PLANS TO EFFECTIVELY CLOSE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL Click here and here (scroll down to 31 July) to visit the memories of that great day! We haven’t forgotten Mr Hunt and we are continuing to defend our hospital and health services against cuts and privatisation and to support other campaigns.
VESTED INTERESTS IN THE LORDS AND PARLIAMENT – VOTING TO PRIVATISE OUR NHS See the information below from Social Investigations - a very long list of parliamentary financial links
LEWISHAM PEOPLE’S COMMISSION DVD AND REPORT NOW OUT AND AVAILABLE TO BUY ON LINE Published 27 November the full report of the evidence submitted by clinicians, patients and the community to the Commission in June 2013 Click here to download report or buy report and video
LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH TRUST DECIDES AGAINST SERCO! The Save Lewisham hospital Campaign is delighted that following lobbying from our and other SE London campaigns Lewisham & Greenwich Trust (LGT) has against a contract with SERCO Click here to read statement from hospital and more information.
WE SUPPORT OTHER CAMPAIGNS The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign supports other campaigns in their fights against cuts and closures. Read more…
WE WON THE APPEAL! 29 OCTOBER 2013 Click here to see press coverage Click here to read Day 1 court report and more about our legal case and the Appeal Click below to revisit some of our campaign history