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Fighting cuts, closures and privatisation in our local NHS


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Say no to the Hospital Closures Clause on Tuesday 11th March

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST CLAUSE 119
11am Tuesday 8th March on College Green, outside Parliament

Having lost the battle to close Lewisham Hospital the Government are now attempting to change the law. They are rushing through the ‘Hospital Closure Clause’ – Clause 119 – making it legal to close any thriving, solvent hospital whenever they want.

The clause is an attempt to break local democracy and make it easier for Jeremy Hunt to shut down hospitals to reach the government’s target of cutting the budget of the Health Service by £20 billion per year.

This is a big threat to South West London. The government and local NHS bosses have been trying to force through the closure of A&E, maternity and pediatrics at St Helier Hospital for years. Time and time again, massive local opposition has beat back the attacks and saved the Hospital. Clause 119 is designed to overcome that resistance by giving power directly to the Health Secretary to close hospitals.

Bring pots and pans on Tuesday as Parliament votes on Clause 119 – let the politicians know that we oppose their assault on the NHS.

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March on Tory conference on 29th September – Save the NHS, no to public service cuts

Our NHS is under attack. Nine A&Es across London are under threat of closure, while the government agrees billion pound deals with private companies to sell off big chunks of our health service. Locally, health bosses shut down the A&Es, maternity units and children’s wards at St Helier and Epsom hospitals – which will overwhelm services at Kingston Hospital with new patients.

It’s time to fight back to save the NHS. That’s why UNISON, the TUC and others have come together to call for an enormous demonstration outside Tory Party Conference on Sunday 29th September in Manchester. We want to see hundreds of thousands of people, drawn from every workplace and every community, to come together to send a message to Cameron and co – hands off our NHS, hands off jobs and services.

The NHS is the proudest achievement of ordinary people in Britain. It’s there for us when we’re at our most vulnerable. Now the NHS is vulnerable, and we have to be there to fight for it.

Kingston Keep Our NHS Public and local union branches will be putting on transport to the demonstration. It’ll cost £10 for workers for a ticket, or £5 for students, OAPs and the unemployed.

Contact kingstonkonp@gmail.com


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Campaign meet-up on Wednesday

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7PM WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY
@ DRUID’S HEAD, KINGSTON MARKET PLACE (IN THE GARDEN)

Kingston KONP is calling a campaign meet-up for local health activists and workers on Wednesday.

We’re meeting to discuss how to push forward our fight against cuts, closures and privatisation in the local health service. We’ll be talking about how to mobilise people for the national NHS demonstration in Manchester on 29th September, how to raise cash to get a coach there and how we can raise public awareness of the threat to our National Health Service through high-street stunts and stalls.

Please come along, share your ideas and be part of the fight for the NHS!


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An appeal from Kingston KONP

 

The 200-strong march organised by Kingston KONP to save A&E services in SW London

The 200-strong march organised by Kingston KONP to save A&E services in SW London

We’re reaching a crucial point in the fight to save the NHS.

The attack on the Health Service is growing as the government prepares a wave of privatisations. Meanwhile, local NHS bosses are planning to re-run their plans to close A&Es at Epsom and St Helier hospitals in September. These closures will increase the pressure on Kingston Hospital and hit our local services hard.

But there’s also a growing fight to save the NHS. The three biggest unions have launched a national demonstration against NHS closures and privatisations on Sunday 29th September in Manchester, on the first day of Conservative Party conference. We want the maximum amount of health campaigners, hospital workers and local people to be able to come and show that we are united against the assault on our NHS.

Kingston KONP needs funds to help put on transport to the demonstration, but also to continue its work of campaigning against the sell-off of NHS services and to build a campaign to save local A&Es. In the last few months, we’ve played an important role in getting the decision to close these services postponed.

Please consider sending a donation to help the work of Kingston KONP – or if you’re a trade unionist, bring it up in your branch meeting. Cheques should be made payable to “Kingston Keep Our NHS Public” and sent to Kingston Keep Our NHS Public, 15 Ash Close, New Malden KT3 3EA.


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Save Our A&Es public meeting – 13th June

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7pm Thursday 13th June Richard Mayo Centre Eden Street KT1 1HZ

A public meeting and debate with
Ron Singer, a GP and public health expert
A representative from the A&E closures programme, putting their case for cuts
Healthworkers and health campaigners, talking about how to fight for our hospitals

A&E departments at two local hospitals, Epsom and St Helier, are threatened with closure due to a 24% cut to the local hospitals budget by the government.

The closures will inundate Kingston Hospital with new patients, and destroy the quality of our already overstretched services.

But a united campaign from the local community can stop the cuts and closures. Come to this meeting to find out how to fight back.

You can help to publicise this important public meeting by forwarding this email or inviting people to the facebook event.

Organised by Kingston Keep Our NHS Public.


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Can you join the hunt for Jeremy Hunt?

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In his time as health minister, Jeremy Hunt has managed to visit just two hospitals – meanwhile, he wants to close nine A&Es across London and privatise massive chunks of our NHS. Since he clearly isn’t interested in hearing the opinions of healthworkers and patients, we’ve decided that we should take our anti-cuts and anti-privatisation message to his constituents in Farnham, Surrey.

Next Saturday (15th June), Keep Our NHS Public and Unite the Union will be teaming up to organise a day of family-friendly activities in Farnham to tell Hunt’s local constituents about what he’s doing to their NHS. There’ll be street theatre, leafletings and a march to the local Conservative Association – and the national news media have decided to cover the event as well! We’re expecting hundreds of health campaigners, healthworkers, patients and families to converge on Hunt’s constituency.

There’ll be a coach to and from the event from Kingston. It leaves at 9.45 from Kingston University, Penrhyn Road KT1 2EE.

Please email us at kingstonkonp@gmail.com if you’re interested in coming and we can arrange for you to get a seat on the coach.


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A bad day for Jeremy Hunt in Surrey

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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt attended a Q&A event at the University of Surrey in Guildford last week.

Members of Kingston and Guildford Keep Our NHS Public, local students and regional GMB were there to greet him with placards, union flags and pro-NHS slogans.

The reaction clearly sabotaged what Hunt had hoped to achieve, as he left without a photo opportunity.