Thursday, February 14, 2013

Photo Shoot Sat 16th Feb 1pm outside KGH

The purpose of this photo shoot is link up with other events taking place in London this week.

Thanks to Bob Archer for pointing for sending me the stuff below from Save our Hospitals.

W&W photographer needs to be in Walthamstow for 1.30 so a prompt arrival for 1pm would be very welcome. Press release is below

Subject: Press release from Save Our Hospitals for Press Conference 11.2.13
Dear All Mark has asked me to forward this to you - it went out today. He has contacted as many media outlets as he knows but asked that you send it on to any local media you have contacts with yourself. Kind Regards Anne D
08.02.13 – This is to alert you to the launch of a new London-wide coalition of doctors, patients and health workers opposed to the downgrading of A&Es and other vital hospital services in the capital.
Angered by the ‘divide-and-rule’ policies of NHS bureaucrats and politicians that set one hospital against another, Defend London’s NHS is calling for a London residents to come together and defend all their services.
The campaign kicks off on Monday, 11 February, with a press conference at the House of Commons bringing together representatives of the Lewisham, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kingston and Islington hospitals campaigns.
This will be followed by a Week of Action involving meetings, protests and vigils outside London hospitals faced with imminent threats to their A&E and maternity units. Details are constantly being up-dated but at present the actions include:
· a public meeting on 12 February in defence of Whittingdon hospital.
· a rally on 15 February in Lewisham in protest at the recent decision by the Secretary of State for Health to downgrade the hospital’s A&E and maternity services.
· the presentation on 14 February of ‘We Love Our NHS’ Valentine’s cards at the Department of Health.
· simultaneous rallies in Hammersmith and Ealing on 16 February in protest at NHS North West London’s plans to downgrade A&E, maternity and other services at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Ealing hospitals.
· a demonstration on 16 February in Kingston in protests at NHS South West London’s plans to close two out of five of he A&Es and maternity units serving the area.
For further details please send a representative to the press conference on 11th February 2013 in the Jubilee Room, House of Commons, 10-11.45am.

Speakers include Dr Louise Irvine of Save Lewisham Hospital: Dr Onkar Sahota, London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon and Save Our Hospitals Ealing; Julie Reay, Kingston Hospital UNISON; Shirley Franklin, Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition; John Lister, from London Health Emergency; and Andy Slaughter MP for Hammersmith (Labour) and secretary of Save Hammersmith & Fulham Hospitals.

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