BURSARIES OR BUST MARCH – SATURDAY 4 JUNE
We marched with many young nurses and health professionals in training and other health campaigns in support of nurses and health professionals in training, fighting to retain student bursaries.
LEWISHAM TRIBUTE TO THE JUNIOR DOCTORS
While the Junior Doctors discuss and ballot over the contract ‘deal’, we put on record the feelings of support from Lewisham patients campaigners and community members.
Joint BMA/NUT demonstration to Downing Street
STRIKE DAYS 26 AND 27 APRIL – EVENTS EACH DAY
For the first time the Junior Doctors are withdrew emergency cover. Hospital emergencies were covered by senior hospital consultants and staff. The strikes passed with no incidents and growing public support. The response from Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt was a complete refusal to acknowledge the junior doctors’ case.
Tuesday 26 April: Picket Graffiti Art all/CPR training at Lewisham Hospital
Joint NUT/BMA demonstration, assemble St Thomas Hospital, Westminster Bridge
Wednesday 27 April: Dr Tamal Ray star of the Great British Bakeoff, attended the picket line Lewisham junior doctors also demonstrated CPR and held a ‘teddy bear hospital’ in a local primary school.
Tamal judged cakes made by doctors, nurses, hospital staff and community.
Proceeds from cake saleswent to the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign! THANK YOU!
PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY MARCH SAT 16 APRIL, DOCTORS’ VIGIL OUSIDE DEPT HEALTH
CLEANERS STRIKE MONDAY 21 MARCH
Our campaign supported the picket line along with Junior Doctors.
175 GMB members across 4 south london hospitals: Maudsley, Bethlem, Ladywell and Lambeth mental health hospitals. The strike is against Aramark, an American multinational outsourcing provider. It is the first strike in the UK in the companies history.
Members are fighting for a living wage and sick pay. This will be the first 24 hour walk out starting at 6am on Monday 21st. There will be picket lines from 6:45 until midday at each of the sites. Please do all you can to support either by attending the picket lines or making a donation to the strike fund – or both. More information See Evening Standard article here
NHS BILL – OUR CAMPAIGN’S STATEMENT TO THE LABOUR PARTY
‘The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign was extremely disappointed that the majority of Labour MPs did not attend the debate on the NHS Bill on 11 March and that the Labour Party did not support it.
The Campaign supported the Bill because we believe that such legislation is necessary in order to protect the wider NHS, and our local hospital and NHS services, from the damaging effects of competition and the marketised system of health care that we currently have, with all the attendant risks, costs, fragmentation and waste…’
Read full statement…
NHS BILL SECOND READING FRIDAY 11 MARCH
Our campaign and other campaigning organisations, Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick, and Caroline Lucas MP, presented a petition and a rally was held outside Parliament while the Bill was debated.
Only a few Labour MPs attended and only 6 spoke, including Rachel Maskell, the Unite MP.
NHS BILL IN HOUSE OF COMMONS
Click photo below or link here to excellent debate in House of Commons – which was only 17 minutes due to Tory filibustering. Excellent points made by Caroline Lucas MP, SNP MPs and a few Labour MPs. The fight to raise the BIll with the Labour Party will continue and the campaign around the Bill will continue to push for a return to a fully publicly owned NHS Read more…
PLEASE SIGN PETITION
Please support the NHS Bill by sharing and signing this petition from 38 degrees.
The Bill, which would restore the NHS to full public ownerhsip, has its second reading on Friday 11 March. Join our campaign and other health campaigners to hand in the peititon outside the Department of Health at 9.45, and then outside Parliament at
11am – 1pm.
Read more here and see http://www.nhsbill2015.org/ for more information
POSITIVE NEWS FOR LEWISHAM!
Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group has written to Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust this week giving a very important commitment to the longer term continuation of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department. This has been done with the full support of OHSEL (Our Healthier South East London – made up of the six CCG Commissioning Strategy Team) and NHS England. The letter states. “[Lewisham CCG confirms] that commissioners expect to need all of south east London’s existing A&E departments, including at Lewisham Hospital. For the avoidance of doubt, we expect the Lewisham A&E Department to remain as an emergency care facility operating 24 hours a day.”
LATEST EDITION HEALTH EMERGENCY Get all the latest on the NHS – a joint edition from John Lister and Keep our NHS Public. Key facts and figures on cuts in social care…http://www.healthemergency.org.uk/he-issues/HE-KONP-01.pdf
GREEK SOLIDARITY FILM EVENING FROM SLHC CAMPAIGN Mon 27 April organised by our campaign in solidarity with an Athens Hospital and clinic. For report on film evening part of the New Cross/Deptford Free Film Festival click here CHARLOTTE MONRO HAS BEEN REINSTATED BY BARTS HOSPITAL TRUST!!!!!! WHAT A PRINCIPLED STAND! WHAT A VICTORY! Read Charlotte’s statement and Barts Trust statement here 31 March 2015 and the history of her long fight. COMMUNITY CARE – NEW REPORT PUBLISHED SHOWS DECLINE IN SERVICES Community care is an often almost invisible but vital web of support for the most vulnerable in our society receiving care outside hospital and often in their own homes. The report highlights worrying changes Read more, download the report here NO OUTSOURCING OUR SERVICES: CAMPAIGN HANDS IN 3600 LETTERS 12 March 2015, a group from the campaign including Lewisham GPs Dr Louise Irvine and Dr Brian Fisher, Lewisham GPs, handed in 3600 letter to government quango Monitor from Lewisham patients requesting Lewisham services remain within the NHS. To read more 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. 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. 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… NHS ARTICLES – KEEP YOURSELF INFORMED Do you have an article to recommend? Let us know. Have you read Allyson Pollock’s report on PFI in South London? Read more… 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