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NHS in crisis conference

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On December 5 2015 the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign held a conference in Goldsmith’s University, on the crisis in the NHS and what we can do to defend it. Over 100 people attended and took part in lively discussion, equipping themselves with information and ideas for taking the NHS campaign forward.
Read a full report and overview of the conference from Louise Irvine here.

HEIDI ALEXANDER Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Lewisham East MP opened the conference

NHS in crisis An overview of what is happening in the NHS
Louise Irvine, GP and Chair Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Louise gave an excellent overview of current developments. As well as a political overview, Louise presented some highly useful factual information, highlighted in bold in her speech below. Read Louise’s speech


Junior doctors’ dispute
Dr Shruti Patel, Junior Doctor, Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham Hospital and BMA & Dr Helen Fidler, Consultant, Lewisham Hospital, BMA

The junior doctors’ strike had just been called off two days before the conference. Helen and Shruti gave us an update.

Issues in PFI
Jane Mandlik, Lewisham Pensioners Forum and SLH campaigner

Jane’s paper was a development of her very clear presentation at an SLH general meeting on alternatives for those campaigning on PFI
Read Jane’s paper

Why we need an NHS BILL
Peter Roderick, lawyer and drafter of the NHS Bill
Peter talks about the current stage and status of the Bill.
Read Peter’s paper

The hospital reconfigurations in North West London – Dr Gurj Sandhu Ealing Hospital
North West London is being subjected to the largest and most devastating hospital configuration to date. Gurj looks at some of the background.
View Gurj’s speech from 0:00-08:54

A 7 day NHS? Piercing through the government’s misuse of evidence
Dr John O’Donohue, Lewisham Hospital
View John’s speech frm
John’s presentation contains vital information to counter the government’s arguments on 7 day working
Read John’s presentation

Hospital reconfiguration and fightback in Leicester 
Sally Ruane, Leicester Hospital and Anti-privatisation campaign
Sally outlined developments in Leicester – similar to those taking place throughout the county and ways they have been campaigning.


Community care – can it replace hospital care in the current climate?
Anne Drinkell, Community Matron, Save Our Hospitals NW London

View Anne’s speech from 0:00-15:27
Anne spoke about the issues in relation to the massive reorganisation of healthcare taking place in North West London.

Dr Brian Fisher, Lewisham GP
View Brian’s speech at 15:27-25:56
Brian discusses the issue of massive cuts in community care in the context of austerity
Read paper from Brian Fisher and Tony O’Sullivan here

Summary,  introduced by Louise Irvine
View summary from 25:36 to end