Keep Our St Helier Hospital
The Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaign is a group of concerned people who are keen to ensure the future existence of St. Helier Hospital in South West London.
Save Our Hospitals
- Save Our Hospitals is a resident-led campaign group formed in July 2012 to fight the proposed closure of A&Es in Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Ealing and Central Middlesex Hospitals.
Ealing Save Our NHS
Ealing Save Our NHS is a lively and active campaign opposing cuts and privatisation of our local health services and hospitals, especially the plans to close over 300 beds and the essential A&E at Ealing Hospital.
The Campaign meets regularly and holds regular street stalls in shopping centres, along with protests and other events.
As well as protesting, we aim to explain what’s really going on to the public. We support and liaise with healthworkers, observe official meetings and read the documents to find out what’s going on. Unfortunately a lot of what happens is secret, but we can and do read between the lines.
In the three years we have been going, we have given out well over 100,000 leaflets in the streets, we have marched, petitioned, lobbied, organised public meetings, attended community events of all kinds. We have organised car convoys, street theatre, social events and much more in order to get our message out. In addition, we issue press releases; we use twitter, Facebook, e-mails and this website.
We work closely with our sister campaign Save Our Hospitals Hammersmith and with other organisations in north-west London. We are affiliated to Keep Our NHS Public.
Camden Keep Our NHS Public
Contact: Caroline Price, DefendCamdenNHS@gmail.com, tel 07734 031075
Greenwich Keep Our NHS Public
In January 2008 Lewisham Council resolved that the following motion be agreed:
"This Council notes that the reliance on PFI projects in the NHS has saddled the local health economy with debts of over £200 million and substantial cuts are now planned to address this funding crisis.
All the options in the "Picture of Health" cuts package currently out for consultation will lead to a reduction of services in Lewisham. In particular, the borough could lose in-patient maternity services, lose the A&E department and see the excellent Children's Hospital within Lewisham closed.
The Council further notes that all the "Picture of Health" proposals are totally reliant on more emergency ambulances and a considerable increase in travel by patients and their families around the already congested South East London area.
Council invites the Mayor to join with interested parties and condemn the proposed cuts in the borough's health services, calls on the Mayor and Council to do all in their power to prevent the closure of the full A & E department and asks the Mayor to respond to the consultation on behalf of the borough arguing against the reduction of hospital services in Lewisham."
After the notable success of health campaigners, the fight to Keep Our NHS Public continues.
Contact: Frances Hook - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hackney Keep Our NHS Public
Contact: Nick Bailey - email@example.com
Lewisham Pensioners' Forum
436 Lewisham High Street
Tel. 020 8690 7869/1712
Save Bart's Campaign
Bart's has built an international reputation for clinical excellence over nine centuries. Without its leading-edge cancer and cardiac services, the hospital would effectively cease to exist. The loss would be a body blow to healthcare in east London. Bart's and the London Hospital are the only major teaching hospitals in the area, producing some of the best clinical outcomes in the country, and some of the best mortality rates for cardiac surgery. This area of London is home to a vulnerable population with some of the highest rates of cancer and heart disease in Britain.
Contact: Wendy Mead - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Haringey Health Cuts Coalition
On 28 November 2007 around 40 people turned up to lobby the Board Meeting of the Haringey Primary Care Trust (held at St Ann's Hospital) to protest against the PCT's "polyclinics" proposals which would threaten the existence of local GP surgeries and local chemists. The controversial proposal is for four such clinics in Haringey, each serving over 50,000 patients. Those present at the protest included representatives of older people's organisations, patients' groups, residents' associations, health campaigns and trades unions.
Campaigners present called for a lobby of the special Council Overview & Scrutiny meeting on 3 December at the Civic Centre to demand that the Committee exercise their powers and therefore their duty to condemn the PCT's consultation tactics, to object to the threat to local services and to refer the proposals to the Secretary of State as unacceptable.
Stop Haringey Health Cuts Coalition comprises Haringey Trades Union Council, Haringey Health UNISON and Haringey Federation of Residents' Associations. It aims to oppose health cuts and fight for decent NHS provision in the London Borough of Haringey and adjacent areas where PCT boundaries go further.
The group has been campaigning since April 2006 in response to cuts in services from Haringey PCT.
The group has held a local demonstration and holds regular meetings at St Ann's Hospital in Tottenham, in addition to running regular stalls, distributing leaflets, lobbying Trust meetings and meeting MPs and councillors.
Contact: Dave Morris - email@example.com; 020 8211 0916
SW London Keep Our NHS Public
The South West London branch of KONP meets monthly and produces leaflets outlining the local NHS issues for regular distribution in the local shopping centre. A number of trade union branches have donated to the campaign or are affliated to the group.
Contact: Mike Squires - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public
Tower Hamlets KONP formed in November 2005 in response to the proposed PFI deal for the London Hospital in Whitechapel. Following the first (very well attended) public meeting, the group has been holding regular meetings, with the one held at Queen Mary College being addressed by Frank Dobson and George Galloway.
Contact: Clare Winter - email@example.com
Waltham Forest Keep Our NHS Public
Stop press: Save the stroke unit at Whipps Cross. KONP fears the unit will be under threat of closure if a specialist stroke unit goes ahead at Queens Hospital in Barking. While new units are welcome, the closure of a high performing unit of just three years is not. Contact for firstname.lastname@example.org details.
The Waltham Forest KONP group has held public meetings, demonstrations and several lobbies. Members of the group have attended relevant events to put the campaign arguments and to collect petition signatures. Communication has been made with the local overview and scrutiny committee, forcing it to block PCT cuts.
Reports that Whipps Cross Hospital may close have hit the front pages of local papers, denied by hospital trust officials. However, a strategic document - "Fit for the Future, Strategic Scenarios" - clearly states that the downgrading of Whipps Cross to an 'ambulatory' or community care centre is one option under consideration in plans to cut back and 'reconfigure' the NHS across the outer north east area of London. The Save Whipps Cross Campaign has won a temporary reprieve and a decision on the hospital's future has been postponed pending a review of London wide hospital provision by NHS London in the autumn.
The Fit For the Future review group that is conducting the review has been forced by the overwhelming support of the local community to accept the case for the retention of the hospital as a district general hospital.
Campaigners are demanding that NHS London makes an early public statement confirming the future of the hospital. It is calling for the entire £33 million deficit to be written off and for new investment to be provided to fund the urgently needed modernisation of the hospital buildings.
Contact: Tony Phillips - email@example.com
West London Keep Our NHS Public
Contact: Elizabeth O'Hara - firstname.lastname@example.org