A workplace bulletin for Lewisham Hospital workers, by Lewisham Hospital workers.
NHS and health
London hospitals are failing patients who need emergency care, according to a just-published NHS audit (researched undertaken in 2011). According to the audit none of London’s 28 Hospital Trusts are meeting minimum standards.
The Stretch, Goldsmiths College Students Union
Come and listen to some of the best in live music and spoken-word poetry - including from campaign supporters, south London residents, and Goldsmiths students - and help raise funds and awareness for the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign.
More details, including line-up and ticketing information, is on its way. For now – save the date!
Facebook event here.
As we reported in Solidarity 274, the leadership of the main health union Unison has voted to accept attacks to Agenda for Change, the agreement governing health workers pay and conditions.
Unite the Union HQ, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN (Holborn tube)
Last year during the fight against the Health and Social Care Bill, the NHS Liaison/Unity Network was set up by activists trying to coordinate various aspects of the fight to defend the NHS. In the last few months our supporters have mainly been active in local battles such as the Save Lewisham A&E campaign. However, we are reviving the network to follow up various strands of the campaign.
Last October, the Network worked with the LRC, Keep Our NHS Public and others to organise a mass lobby of Labour Party conference, to demand a Labour commitment to reversing the Tories' attacks on our health service and rebuilding the NHS - including liberating the health service from PFI debt. Working with delegates and the unions, the lobby succeeded in pushing through a new Labour Party policy.
As more and more local campaigns come up against the issue of PFI debt, these questions are of growing significance. But anyone who knows anything about the Labour Party knows that its formal policy won't be put into practice without a fight!
Join us on 9 March to discuss how we can mobilise the labour movement for a campaign to make sure that, when we get rid of the Coalition, we get a government that really will rebuild the NHS. This is not a meeting just for Labour Party members but for anyone concerned about defending the NHS.
* Speakers will include Jill Mountford from the steering committee of Save Lewisham A&E on how these demands relate to local campaigns to save NHS facilities and services.
From this April, 80% of the NHS budget — around £70 billion — will be handed over to 211 GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
On 6 February, health union Unison’s Service Group Executive agreed to accept a number of attacks to Agenda for Change (AfC, the national terms and conditions for NHS staff) in a gambit straight out o
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