CAROL BROWN – A GREAT CAMPAIGNER AND ADVOCATE FOR LEWISHAM HOSPITAL
It is with very great sadness that our campaign announces that Carol Brown, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaigner and friend to many of us, died on Sunday morning 11 September. We send our deepest sympathy to her husband Barry, her daughter Sally, her dad, brother David and her family.was a passionate patient advocate for Lewisham Hospital from the beginning of the campaign – they had saved her life following a previous illness just before the campaign began – and she was a Steering Committee member from the beginning.
She and Barry ‘starred’ in the film Carol and Barry’s bus journey – in which we documented the long, difficult bus journey ordinary people in Lewisham would have to take to Woolwich, if Lewisham Hospital were to be closed. The film and their story was later featured in the Mirror.
It’s very hard for us to believe that Carol is no longer with us, because although she had been seriously ill for the last year and a half, right up to a few days ago Carol was full of life, laughter, interest in the campaign, politics in the wider world, music, reading, her garden and many other things.
Rest in peace Carol.
VITAL NHS CONTRACT HANDED TO PRIVATE COMPANY CIRCLE – DAMAGING TO LGH TRUST
Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign joined with Greenwich Keep Our NHS Public and other health campaigners lobbied and spoke at the Greenwich CCG meeting. Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners asked the CCG group why an excellent bid from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust for muscoloskeletal services, which would have retained the management and delivery of the service within the NHS, had been passed over in favour of a bid from discredited private company Circle. SLH pointed out that this would take money away from Lewisham and Greenwich Trust. All campaigners raised the declared interests of two CCG doctors in Circle. Greenwich campaigners pointed out that Circle is an off-shore company.
No satisfactory answers were given – simply that some patients had complained about ‘uneven pathways’ – wait till Circle gets hold of it – and that NHS England had approved the contract at ‘every stage.’
We remind people of an article published earlier from from the Morning Star that:
“…the company’s (Circle’s) medical director Massoud Keyvan-Fouladi is married to Dr Rebecca Rosen — a member of the Greenwich CCG and a GP in the south-east London area… Greenwich CCG confirms that Dr Rosen is a clinical lead on the CCG but adds that ‘she has nothing to do with the contract.’ ”
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? And giving public health to LAs while slashing the public health budget is a recipe for passing the blame for public health cuts to local councils. They in turn just wash their hands of the problem and then try to pretend that the cuts they are making are actually an improvement! They must be honest about it? These cuts are a disaster.’
Hunt raises amount needed to cover costs of case.
Read more here about the junior doctors Justice for Health campaign.
5 JULY 2016 : JUNIOR DOCTORS REJECT CONTRACT Read more here
ORGANISING THE BIGGEST EVENT IN NHS HISTORY
Organising the biggest NHS event in history
Thanks to all who contributed – the crowdfuniding target was met.
NHS BILL: PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT, WEDNESDAY 13 JULY
There was a lively rally outside Parliament where the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West. Although opposed by Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, he did not call for a vote and so it was introduced by acclamation. A second reading was scheduled for 4th November 2016. New Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott spoke at the rally to express her support for the principles of the Bill. The 11 named supporters of the Bill consisted of 9 Labour MPs, plus one Green and one Lib Dem. Read more...
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