IN MEMORY: STUART MONRO – CAMPAIGNER AND FILM MAKER
Louise Irvine, Chair of our Campaign writes:
It is with great sadness that I write of the loss of one of the most loved and valued members of our campaign.
All of us in the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign are so sorry to have lost Stuart Monro. Stuart was a member of our campaign steering committee since the start and was an inspirational chronicler and promoter of our campaign through his films. He was full of energy and creativity. His wonderful films were central to the success of our campaign. Above all Stuart was a dear friend and will be sadly missed. Our love and deepest condolences to to his partner Charlotte and their daughter Anna.
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LEWISHAM LABOUR MAYOR CANDIDATES ANSWER OUR CAMPAIGN’S QUESTIONS ON LEWISHAM NHS The outcome of the Labour Party selection for Lewisham Mayor is important to the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. As a community-based campaign, we feel that would be wrong to endorse one candidate in the internal Labour Party ballot to choose the mayoral candidate.
However we are very interested in the views of the 5 Labour Party candidates because one of these Counciillors will almost certainly become Lewisham’s next Mayor.
We therefore asked each of the Labour Party candidates to answer some questions. We thank all five candidates for replying and we publish their answers here. Find out more…
SCRAP THE CAP RALLY WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2017 12.30 – 14.30Royal College of Nurses – Scrap the Cap Rally Wednesday 6th September 12.30 – 14.30 Parliament Square.
JOIN THE RCN in urging the government to scrap the cap on nursing pay.
Please see the RCN website to find more details.
MARCH AND RALLY OUTSIDE LABOUR CONFERENCE SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
Assembler The Level, Brighton 11am. Move off 11am to rally 12.30 outside Labour Party Conference, Brighton Conference Centre, BN1 2GR. Organied by Sussex Defend the NHS.
OUR HEALTHIER SOUTH EAST LONDON AGREES TO INCLUDE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL IN PLANS FOR ELECTIVE CARE
Our Healthier South East London has proposed a three site model for elective surgery in SE London which will include Lewisham Hospital, instead of a three site model which would have 99% certainly been Guys and KIngs. Excluding Lewisham would have been a significant blow to Lewisham and Greenwich Trust income and staffing. For the last 18 months campaigners from three boroughs – the Save Lewisham Campaign, Greenwich and Lambeth KONP groups, have campaigned hard on this, with great public scrutiny especially from Labour councillors in Lewisham and Greenwich. OHSEL has listened to the arguments and changed course! To read more about our campaigning and to read OHSEL’s letter, click here.
OUR NHS BIRTHDAY EVENT OUTSIDE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL 5 JULY
GENERAL ELECTION 8 JUNE 2017
Dr Louise Irvine
We’re so proud of Dr Marie-Louise Irvine Lewisham GP and chair of our campaign
She got more than 12,000 votes in SW Surrey – 20% of the vote against the horrible Hunt. This is amazing in a Tory heartland! She has done brilliant work highlighting the Conservatives’ NHS destruction.
At the count, Hunt stated by implication that Louise had lied about the NHS. Her reply went viral. Read it here.
Dr Tony O’Sullivan
Tony O’Sullivan, a recently retired paediatrician from Lewisham was in the moving Labour Party Political Broadcast on the NHS, directed by Ken Loach, 3 days before the election.
Heidi Alexander, Vicky Foxcroft, Ellie Reeves were all elected with big majorities. Well done. Clive Efford was elected with an increased majority. Well done all those Labour and health çampaigners.
To these MPs – we’ve voted for you, now please actively help us fight for the NHS policies we voted for in your manifesto – to win back a fully public and well funded health service and to end privatisation. Our NHS in South East London is under attack through a thousand cuts.
#OURNHS MARCH SAT 4 MARCH 2017
Thanks to everyone from our campaign and from the Lewisham community who marched on Saturday. A truly momentous day – up to 250,000 marched on the biggest NHS march in history. Read more…
SHAME ON GREENWICH CCG OVER LATEST NEWS THAT PRIVATE COMPANY CIRCLE IS RUNNING AT A LOSS AND WANTS A BUY OUT!
Greenwich CCG had the sheer nerve to talk in meetings about the ‘financial instability’ of the Lewisham and Greenwich Trust – but it is Circle that is trading at a loss!
We fought hard together with Greenwich KONP and Council against Greenwich CCG awarding a £73m contract to private company Circle which would provenly badly affect Lewisham and Greenwich Trust. Now the Circle Board is urging shareholderx to ACCEPT A TAKEOVER FROM A CITY FIRM because Circle is running at a loss. SHAME, SHAME on the CCG. Read more
PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR LABOUR MEP ABOUT CETA
Now TTIP has fallen for the time being the threat of CETA remains.Much like TTIP, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will allow big business to sue our government if they see their profits threatened by new laws. CETA could threaten environmental protection and worker’s rights.
CETA is undemocratic from start to finish. Click here to read more and to find easy links to help you write to your MEP
WATCH OUR VIDEO ‘OUR CAMPAIGNING YEAR 2016’
click here to join us in the fight to defend Lewisham Hospital and the NHS in 2017!
LONDON STP NOW PUBLISHED
We now have a campaign statement on the published Sustainability and Transformation Plan produced by OHSEL. Read our statement and our full recommendations for SE London here.
‘OUR HEALTHIER SOUTH EAST LONDON’ HAS WORRYING NEW PLANS FOR ELECTIVE SURGERY
We are concerned that OHSEL’s plans to put elective care in South East London into two centres may affect surgical provision and finances at Lewisham Hospital. We wrote to local councillors to express our concerns. Read update and our critique here.
GENERAL MEETING WEDS 30 NOV 7.30
Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale
CIRCLE CONTRACT: COUNCIL COMMITTEE ORDERS IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON
On Thursday 3 November a special meeting of the Greenwich Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee voted to demand that Greenwich CCG produce an independent impact report on the effects on the local Trusts, especially Lewisham and Greenwich, of giving the £73 million MSK contract contract to discredited private company Circle Read more…
NHS BILL: PRESENTED AGAIN IN PARLIAMENT, FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER
There was a rally outside Parliament on 4 November as the NHS Bill 2016 was listed for a private members’ bill. Unfortunately the Bill was not heard but campaigners from around the country gathered together to mark the occasion. What is striking is the number of strong campaigns that now exist in London and throughout the country. The Labour Party has now adopted the NHS Bill as party policy. We will not go away and we are getting stronger and more angry about what is happening to the NHS
SAVE OUR CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY NURSES
Dads, mums, children, nurses, doctors, Lewisham Pensioners Forum and our campaign handing in the petition asking the Mayor and Council to reject proposed cuts to health visiting and school nursing services – a cut overall of 20% in an already depleted service.
Dr Louise Irvine, local GP and campaign chair says:
‘The Government pays lip service to public health while cutting the public health budget by £200 million this year, and 3.5% per year from now on. The transfer of public health to local authorities has been a disaster. The original justification was that local authorities have more influence over the “social determinants of health” and that therefore public health should be in their remit. The justification itself is weak – what real power do local authorities have over the main social determinants of health such as housing and poverty?
OUR SUPPORT FOR OTHER CAMPAIGNS
In the last few weeks we’ve spoken at meetings and supported events in Huntingdon (Hinchingbrooke Hospital), Ealing, Huddersfield and Brighton. Click on the pictures above to visit their websites and read about the fightbngack all over the country.
BURSARIES OR BUST MARCH – SATURDAY 4 JUNE – OUR SUPPORT FOR NURSES’ BURSARY CAMPAIGN
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.
SUPPORT FOR OUR JUNIOR DOCTORS
This video puts on record the feelings of support from Lewisham patients campaigners and community members. Read and see photos from ALL strike days and activities here
GMB 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
Previous news and activities
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2015 Read key speeches and see videos from the conference, see more photos…
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.”
CHARLOTTE MONRO REINSTATED BY BARTS HOSPITAL TRUST! 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.
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.
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
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…
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