Cure the NHS
Campaign group Cure the NHS was formed in early 2008 following the death of Bella Bailey, an 86 year old, "ill but not ready to die". Witnessing the horrifying care received by Mrs Bailey and other elderly patients at Staffordshire General Hospital her daughter Julie began the campaign to end the neglect and to ensure that the voices of local patients and carers were listened to.
North Staffs Keep Our NHS Public
The North Staffs KONP group is currently campaigning against foundation trust status for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Contact: Ken Lownds - email@example.com
North Staffs NHS SOS
The NHS SOS campaign was set up early in 2006 to fight specifically against the planned 1,200 job cuts and 160 lost beds at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and more generally against privatisation in the NHS. The campaign group, including Unison, RCN and local activists, organised a very successful 5,000 strong march and rally on 29 April 2006 in Stoke. The group also co-ordinated a regional march in Birmingham on 15 July 2006 which brought together campaigners from all over the West Midlands.
Save Our Blood Service (Birmingham)
Following announcements in late 2006 of sweeping job cuts and reconfiguration of the whole of the blood service (originally only announced specifically in the Midlands and south west regions) preliminary ballots of affected Amicus staff have shown 81% favouring some form of action and 56% favouring strike action. Other unions are expected to follow suit with similar ballots for their members.
The continuing dispute is being supported by unions and organisations including the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Download the IWW leaflet supporting the staff action.
Message board: http://www.bloodservicechat.org.uk
While the message board is intended for all NHS Blood and Transplant staff, friends and supporters, donors, patients, other healthworkers etc are all welcome to join and post.
Save Services At The Alex
Despite the Worcester Acute Hospitals Trust (WAHT) breaking even in financial year 2006-7 the Trust Board has warned the subsequent year will be even tougher than will include further job cuts. An ongoing service review across the area threatens vital services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch with closure, including maternity, paediatrics and emergency gynaecology.
With a new Secretary of State (Alan Johnson) in place, and with a government review of the NHS taking place under Professor Darzi the uncertainty seems certain to continue. The Save the Alex Group is encouraging supporters to do join a campaign of letter writing to the Secretary of State arguing that the review process Redditch has faced should not be used as a model for other hospitals as it has led to confusion and a complete lack of trust in WAHT.
Contact: Neal Stote - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 07989 563864
Shropshire NHS SOS!
Shropshire NHS-SOS! is campaigning against privatisation and cuts in the National Health Service both locally and nationally. The campaign is supported by Shropshire Socialist Party, Shropshire & Telford Trades Council, Campaign For A New Workers Party and Keep Our NHS Public.
Contact: Jake Moore - email@example.com. Tel. 07966 910820
Walsall Keep Our NHS Public
The local campaign started out under the banner "The people of Walsall say NO to the merger with Wolverhampton and NO to the closure of Goscote Hospital", and was underway before the setting up of KONP. The group had a big influence on the abandonment of the merger proposal but lost the battle to save Goscote Hospital. A KONP branch was needed to act as a watchdog on the future to oppose and highlight the piecemeal privatisation that PFI and similar policies represents. A relaunch of the group is expected, to breathe new life into the campaign.
Contact: Peter Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwickshire Keep Our NHS Public
Contact: Peter Shiels - email@example.com
See the local press coverage of our campaign.