PFI – BLEEDING BARTS DRY: NHS CAMPAIGN BUS HITS THE PFI TRAIL

WALTHAM FOREST SAVE OUR NHS

On Saturday 25th April, members of Waltham Forest Save our NHS will join the People vs. PFIand other campaign groups on a tour of East London. Our aims are to protest and raise awareness of the burdensome PFI debt at Barts Heath NHS Trust which runs Whipps Cross Hospital.

Barts Health is 10 years into a 40 year contract with Innisfree and Skanska, the companies that built and are responsible for maintenance and services at The Royal London and Barts Hospitals. Over the length of the PFI contract, for hospitals that cost £1.1bn to build, Barts Health will pay £7.1bn for construction and services. If the Trust defaults on its debt, its hospitals will belong to Innisfree and Skanska and as such will be privatised.

The PFI deals are widely blamed for undermining finances at Barts Health, leaving the trust in an impossible financial position that has led to…

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NHS CAMPAIGN GROUP’S OPEN LETTER TO WALTHAM FOREST MPs

Please support the people of Waltham Forest in their fight to get PFI debt out of Whipps Cross.

Sign the People vs. PFI petition here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-pfi-deals-that-are-crippling-east-london-hospitals-and-risking-lives

WALTHAM FOREST SAVE OUR NHS

NHS CAMPAIGN GROUP’S OPEN LETTER TO WALTHAM FOREST MPs

To: Stella Creasy MP
John Cryer MP
Iain Duncan Smith MP

We, as members of Waltham Forest Save Our NHS, are shocked by the latest CQC report on Whipps Cross Hospital. We call on you, our elected representatives to address the impossible financial position in which Whipps now sits. We ask you to address Barts’ private finance initiative (PFI)and work together to remove this debt burden which threatens the continued existence of our local hospital.

Our much loved hospital has been tragically destabilised; it is a victim of both the destructive effects of the Health and Social Care Act (HSCA) and of under-funding. These problems need dealing with at a national level. However, there is one overriding factor behind this crisis which you can help to resolve by working together now: the PFI deals that weigh so heavily on Barts Health…

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Bosses at Britain’s biggest health trust “beefed up” allegations to justify sacking union official, tribunal told

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Britain’s biggest NHS trust was yesterday accused of mounting a “fishing expedition” against a union activist to justify dismissing her for speaking out over job cuts.

Managers at Barts Health were also said to have “beefed up” the accusations faced by Charlotte Monro to make her alleged disrepute appear more serious, her barrister Nicola Newbegin told the hearing.

Mrs Monro was sacked in July 2013 after alerting staff to a proposed loss of posts and beds on the stroke unit at Whipps Cross hospital, in Leytonstone, and after she spoke of her concerns at a Waltham Forest council meeting.

The case is seen as a test case across London for the way NHS trusts deal with their employees and comes after Barts admitted it has a problem with bullying. Campaigners believe it also touches on the issue of NHS failures to protect whistleblowers.

Ms Monro is claiming unfair dismissal after…

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Can you help Kathryn Anderson’s campaign to protect and improve our NHS?

The Waltham Forest and North London NHA groups invite you to meet Kathryn Anderson and join her parliamentary campaign in Chingford and Woodford Green for the 2015 General Election.

Kathryn writes:

Friends,

I’m Kathryn Anderson and I’m writing to introduce myself and to ask you to assist my campaign team for next year’s General Election. You may have already seen that I’m the prospective parliamentary candidate for the NHA in the constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green where Iain Duncan Smith is the current MP.

We are holding a meeting on Monday 8th December at 7pm. The venue is the Duke of Wellington Pub, 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL. The meeting room is accessible.

The aim of the meeting will be to organise on-the-ground assistance with street stalls, leafleting, etc. If you’re not in a position to be out and about perhaps you could help with our social media campaign. I’m sure we can find lots to do whether you can offer a regular commitment in the run up to the election or just an odd hour every now and then.

I’m inviting members and supporters from a wider area than just the constituency. As you know the party isn’t in a position to stand many candidates and we welcome local campaigners who are willing to lend a hand, or who just want to stay connected.

If you’d like to know more please get in contact via NHAPartyWF@gmail.com or contact me directly via nhakathryn@outlook.com

I look forward to meeting you on the 8th.

Many thanks

Kathryn

You can read more about Kathryn here.

The venue can easily be reached from the constituency, is a short bus ride or walk from the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington or from the overground stations in Dalston, London Fields or Hackney Downs. For further directions to the Duke of Wellington please follow this link.

For details on the NHAP website, please see the link here.

#HuntMustGo

Jeremy Hunt’s thoughtlessness and incompetence plumb new depths with his admission that he took his kids to A&E rather than wait for an appointment with their family doctor.

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Jeremy Hunt: ‘I took my children to A&E because I didn’t want to wait for GP appointment’

That just about says it all, doesn’t it. The Health Secretary himself has no confidence in the health system that he is supposed to be ‘promoting’. Thanks to the Health & Social Care Act 2012, Hunt is no longer required to actually ‘provide’ an NHS, but he could at least avoid doing what Ben Goldacre has called “without question the most stupid, insight-less and irresponsible thing I have ever seen from a health minister“.

The wonderful author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, Goldacre continues “In saying this, Jeremy Hunt is encouraging overload to pretty much the most expensive place to deliver primary care.If this is part of a strategy I’d like to know what that is. It truly reads like an uninformed dinner party outburst.

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Run4NHS: My 999 Challenge

Amazing stuff. Run hard, run well!

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My name’s Geoff Halliday, and I’ve given myself a challenge – run 9 marathons, 9 half marathons and 9 10K races in the space of a year, with the aim of raising awareness of NHS privatisation. My first race was the Huddersfield Half Marathon on 27th April 2014; my last will be a marathon on 26th April 2015 (London if I get through the ballot, or a return to the location of my first ever marathon, Blackpool, if I don’t).

It’s all inspired by the Darlo mums’ 999 Call for the NHS, and their recreation of the Jarrow Crusade. Nye Bevan said, “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”. Well this is my part of the fight; my duty. The survivors of two world wars made this nation truly great by building the NHS and Welfare State. Both now…

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Info about Tribunal on 23rd from Reinstate Charlotte Campaign

Please sign the petition here.

You can read more about Charlotte Monro’s story here.

From the Reinstate Charlotte Campaign:

Please come along to support Charlotte Monro on the first day of her tribunal on 23 September.

This is the plan so far:

Assemble from 9.15-9.30
Location Anchorage House, 2 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BE.
Nearest stations East India Dock on Docklands Light Railway : – Follow footbridge and signs for Mulberry House

There is a large space outside the tribunal building and as long as we don’t cause an obstruction and move if asked, all should go well.

Plan is to gather near entrance on the way in for a supportive presence. Dignified and not noisy is the idea. The campaign is bringing some placards and the Reinstate Charlotte banner. Other campaign banners are welcome but we would prefer to avoid party banners and literature. We have been warned that too much noise might turn the judge against us.

The tribunal starts at 10.00.
We need any good photographers to take a few pictures, then share them with the campaign. If there is anyone coming who could do this let us know, just to be more sure in addition to our photographer.

The first morning of the tribunal will mostly be just the panel reading the papers, so it may not be interesting or useful to sit in on tribunal then. The tribunal is held in public. People can sit in the public seats but the number is limited to about 16.

The tribunal is expected to go on for four days, we may get a decision on Friday.

If you have any questions please contact the campaign email address: reinstatecharlotte@gmail.com

Many thanks for all your support

Reinstate Charlotte Monro Campaign

Who will save the NHS?

This is it folks… Pretty much nails things.
Only quibble is about NHA: past experience proves single issue candidates can win elections. Our Co-Leader Dr. Richard Taylor has done it twice already. Going for the hat trick in 2015! Here‘s an overview of Dr Taylor’s political career.

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I know the approach I have taken in this blog is a bit contrived and potentially irritating but as a device to get the main message across it might work. Please bear with me and read to the end to find my answer, and share widely if you agree with the logic.

It takes the form of a conversation between me (@butNHS) and the average man (or woman) in the street (TMITS).


TMITS  – “What – save the NHS? Surely the NHS is one of the UKs best loved institutions and recognised to be the most efficient, effective and equitable health care system in the world. We all depend on it from cradle to grave. It is at the core of our society, truly a national treasure. How can it possibly need saving?”

@butNHS – “Yes, all these things are true, but the NHS as we know it – funded…

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Support Whipps Cross staff today 12-2

Fair Pay for NHS Staff Join the National Day of Protest

UNISON members at Whipps Cross Hospital, the union for nurses, therapists, and support staff, have called a protest for this Thursday, June 5th from 12 till 2 pm, outside the main entrance to the site, near Whipps Cross roundabout

Come and stand with NHS workers – no to low pay, no to cuts and no to privatisation!

Hospital workers are angry that the miserly 1% pay rise they offered this year will not even be implemented for many NHS staff. The below inflation pay rise means that workers get poorer every year. Many workers at Whipps have already seen their pay down banded because of government cuts and to fund the massive PFI debt for the new hospital at Whitechapel.
But the fight brewing in the NHS isn’t just over wages – low pay goes hand-in-hand with making our hospital services attractive for private companies to bid for