Last week the three hospitals in the South London Trust were put into administration opening the threat of huge cuts and private takeovers as at Hitchinbrooke hospital.
Accident and Emergency and maternity services are also threatened at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals in North West London, Chase Farm, St Heliers and King George Hospital in Ilford.
Even the Daily Mail has joined the outrage at these plans, likening them to the Beeching attacks on the railways.
Half of the other hospitals deemed to be financially failing are also in London or the surrounding areas. This is a battle for everyone. If we let them get away with these attacks they will move on to other hospitals and NHS services. Local campaigns will be key but London-wide backing for a fight to overturn the government’s plans will be crucial.
JOIN THE FIGHT BACK
- Over the last few weeks 1000 people have attended meetings or protests over the plan. This week sees more important public meetings in South East London and Enfield, as well as organising meetings, campaign stalls and protests across London (see below).
- Demonstrations are planned in the autumn with Saturday 15 September looking like it will see marches in South London, Brent and elsewhere in North West London.
- The St Heliers campaign is calling for a protest at the NHS South West London meeting on 26 July. NHS North West London board is on 07 September.
- Plans are already starting now to make the national demonstration against cuts called by the TUC on 20 October the biggest ever.
SOUTH LONDON JOINT PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday 19 July 7.30pm
Charlton House, Charlton Village SE7
with Nick Rainsford MP and Wendy Savage
KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC
What next for Chase Farm with John Lister
Saturday 21 July 2.30pm
Boundary Hall, Snells Park, Edmonton, N18 2SY
DEMONSTRATION AT BOARD MEETING
Thursday 27 July 1-2pm
Fairfields Hall, Croydon
For more info check the Keep Our NHS Public site