Posts Tagged ‘NHS’

NHS Being Eton

Richard Branson is taking over key parts of the newly privatised NHS. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public is having a flashmob outside the Virgin store in Brixton Town Centre (very close to the tube) to highlight this:

Flashmob – Don’t let Branson destroy the NHS
Saturday 2nd November – 2pm
Outside the Virgin Store in Brixton (just north of Brixton tube)

This will feature

  • Songs – We will adapt ‘Tory Toffs’ and ‘We’ll fight on’ with Virgin words
  • Lots of Virgin banners and leaflets – asking people not to go into the Virgin shop because of its ‘stealing’ of healthcare
  • Richard Branson Guy
  • Sparklers and balloons (hopefully)

Demonstrate in Manchester – Save the NHS

Posted: September 7, 2013 by lambethsaveourservices in Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!
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Tory Party Lower Than Vermin

At the end of this month the Tories are meeting in Manchester. They’ll be discussing how to privatise the NHS, demonise welfare claimants and slash public services. We need to show there are more of us than there are of them.

Demonstrate – Save the NHS, Stop the Cuts
Sunday 29th September
11am, Liverpool Road, Manchester
Called by The People’s Assembly, supported by every major trade union

The organiser’s website is here

Coaches leave Lambeth Town Hall at 7am. Tickets cost £10 if you’re working, £5 if you’re not. If you want a ticket please email

You can download publicity here

Regrettably the coach is not wheelchair accessible. If you are a wheelchair user who wants to attend the demonstration we may be able to get you a free ticket on a wheelchair accessible train. Please contact us for more information.

The People’s Assembly have organised a train from central London. You can book tickets here

Hope to see everyone in Manchester.

Next steps in the NHS Campaign

Posted: March 15, 2013 by blackdaffodil in NHS
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The fight is still going strong to save it, but more help is always needed! The next meeting of  Lambeth’s Keep Our NHS Public will be next week

Thursday 21st March, 7pm
Duke of Cambridge pub
74, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8 2DR

All are welcome! If you’d like to get in touch or to get more information, you can email

There’s also an important update about our blood service, which is about to be sold off, please read the below, and sign the petition to stop it here:


From: Geoff Dunbar via Campaigns by You
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:12 AM
Subject: The Government has decided to sell a blood service


The government has decided to sell the Plasma service. No surpirise there then. I have also been fortunate enough to have received a contact from a very ‘socially aware’ journalist and two of her friends, all of whom are really committed to preventing the sale of PRUK.

The government is currently seeking a purchaser. Initial information has mentioned a few companies showing an interest. The ones we have heard about are all foreign, Spanish, German and American. I don’t know the name of the Spanish company. The German firm is a ‘plasma company’ by the name of Biotest AG. There is some concern about the track record of Biotest, with the possibility that they lost their license at some time in the past. They also appear to be doing a lot of business with China, where they can get a better price for some of their products. From America there are two companies, Baxter International, which I believe is a company that handles ‘plasma products’ and whose share price seems to be on the up. The other company is Bain Capital, a private equity firm (where presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his millions, and still has shares). I don’t know a lot about private equity firms, but t hey seem to be linked to things like ‘venture capital schemes’ and will be keen to have their share of the profits. The ‘shadier’ side of these companies is connected with ‘asset stripping’. If you google Bain Capital, thee are some worrying articles that emerge, including the sacking of Illinois workers and relocating to China.

There are three immediate courses of action that we can take.

1) One of the people I am now working with has spoken to MPs, and through the offices of Jeremy Corby, Hywel Williams and Frank Dobson has been able to have an ‘Early Day Motion’ (EDM) tabled. You can see it at – including the number of MPs who sign up to support it.You can help by contacting your MP and making them aware of the EDM and asking them to support it.

2) Can we make sure that as many people we know are aware of what is happening and if we can get them to join our campaign that would be great.

3) It would appear that not all health professionals are aware of the government’s plans and that includes haematologists, so if you have the chance to inform interested groups…

Thank you for your support for this campaign.

Geoff Dunbar

[a great email update from Keep our NHS Public – to join their mailing list or find out more, please visit]


Tuesday 05 March 1.30pm 

College Green opposite House of Lords

Bring banners, placards, street theatre and more!

Andy Slaughter MP and Steve Pound MP will join the protest.


On 5th March a Lord’s committee will discuss secondary legislation that will mean virtually all NHS commissioning will have to be done through competitive markets.

On 13th February 2013 the Government published the regulations (SI 257) under Section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This Statutory Instrument (SI) will be going to the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on 5th March; this Committee will then report to the House and the regulations would become law on 01 April.

Assurances were given by ministers during the passage of the Bill through Parliament that it did not mean the privatisation of the NHS, that local people would have the final say in who provided their NHS.

The regulations just published break these promises by creating requirements for virtually all commissioning done by the National Commissioning Board (NCB) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to be carried out through competitive markets, which will have the effect of forcing through privatisation regardless of the will of local people. They contain legal powers for Monitor to enforce the privatisation spontaneously or at the request of private companies that lost bids.

Sign the petition here:
More information including briefings and template letter here:

There is an urgent need to raise the public profile about what this threat represents and organise action against it.

  • Please could you help by publicising the protest and circulating this email.
  • If you could help with press or publicity, placards or in other ways please let us know.
  • Ask your MP to raise the issue and join us at the protest.
  • See below for information about petitions and other action you can take.

More information from

Save Lewisham A&E

Posted: November 19, 2012 by blackdaffodil in Cutswatch, Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!
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ImageCome to the demonstration at 2 p.m. on 24th November! (Please visit the Lewisham Keep Our NHS Public site for the most up to date information, the below is quoted from their webpage).

ASSEMBLE from the corner of Lewisham High Street / Rennell Street (diagonally opposite Lewisham Police Station – Loampit Vale round-a-bout) for a demonstration to Lewisham Hospital to save Lewisham Hospital.

Stop the Tory-appointed technocrat at South London Healthcare closing our A&E to pay Private Finance Initiative (PFI) debts to banks and make profits for a private takeover at neighbouring hospitals.

Angry? For starters, sign the petition from here then see our ‘What You Can Do’ page AND check out the Save Lewisham Hospitalspecific site.

Over 500 people met at the Lessof Auditorium, the Lessof overspill area and at the Calabash Centre on 8th November to defend our NHS, read the story from here – now comes the real action!

Westminster Bridge joins Parliament with St Thomas’ Hospital. What better place to protest the passage of the NHS privatisation bill (so-called ‘reform’ in the ConDemNewBlueLab newspeak) in Parliament and its upcoming test in the Lords? UK Uncut put out a call to block Westminster Bridge from 1pm on 9 October to tell our rulers: “We won’t take this laying down!”

About 3000 people attended. Many people have memories of being kettled on this very bridge last winter on one of the tuition fees protests. And recently people were kettled, beaten and arrested on Brooklyn Bridge in New York City as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests. So perhaps worries over the strategic challenge of occupying a bridge kept some people away.

I brought along lots of layers in my rucksack in case we got kettled, but happily it turned out to be unnecessary. An early morning rain had also subsided into a warm but not hot afternoon, with scattered sun. The weather was fine for a day out.

There were loads of great colourful banners and homemade placards. This was encouraged by a guy who gave out speech bubble placards and marker pens for people to write out their own personal slogans. “Block the Bill” stretched across the southern end and “Save the NHS” suspended between two tripods, occupied by protestors in surgical uniforms. There was a refreshing lack of mass-produced party political placards on the southern end of the bridge!

Adding to a carnival atmosphere similar to Reclaim the Streets actions of the 1990s, people dressed up in hospital scrubs and surgeon’s masks or blood-spattered patients; sound systems serenaded different parts of the bridge and a samba band drummed.

Lambeth Keep the NHS Public also put Andrew Lansley on trial. Patients, health workers and others affected by the destruction of the NHS testified against the health minister. His feeble attempts to justify his policies as ‘improving’ the health service were met with boos from the large public jury, and then overruled by the judge. A death sentence was pronounced on Lansley’s political career, and he would be taken to Tyburn where…ahem… his political career would be put to death. Some felt the sentence should be much more severe, but further action was left to the crowd on the day…below is the trial in pictures for your enjoyment

There was also an assembly for planning ‘Occupy London’ actions. Reports on this were positive, though I missed most of this when I went to get some lunch. The assembly continued with personal contributions with health workers and health services users, plus some more comedy.

Around 4:30pm the banners went down. The crowd moved from the bridge, with one group going down to the Southbank and another with the samba band headed towards the roundabout at the end of Westminster Bridge. Rumour had it they were headed to Parliament Square by way of Lambeth Bridge. I was already near the roundabout so I joined the second group. But this all seemed to break up and I went home.

However, I later read that a group had been kettled on Lambeth Bridge for about an hour and forced to take off their scrubs and other ‘disguises’. For an account of this see