Come to our Public Meeting on 8th July & some photos from the Carnival

It seems that all the relentless campaigning in Ealing against closure of hospital beds and towns up and down the country is finally having an effect on National NHS bosses. Simon Stevens, Head of NHS England has finally recognised that that the pressure on hospital beds and has publically stated that more beds are needed! Just as well that the plans to slash hundreds of beds at Ealing Hospital have been dropped! – More on this story later.
Please come to our Public Meeting – Monday 8th July
Please spread the word! We have a fantastic line-up of entertaining and well-informed speakers who will be talking about the key issues facing our national and local NHS.
Of course we will be talking about the future of Ealing Hospital and restoring lost services. The A&E is saved, but our hospital is still on its knees! We will also hear about the crisis facing our GP Service and the Government’s dodgy plans to deal with it, the ongoing threats of NHS privatisation and more.
There will be time for questions and ideas too for action. This is definitely one not to miss!
Standing up for our NHS at Hanwell Carnival
It was a busy but rewarding and fun day at the Carnival. We gave out 2000 leaflets, and collected 300 signatures for our ‘Bring Back Vital Services to Ealing Hospital’ Petition (link here)
We had a lively and enthusiastic contingent on the Carnival Parade and collected lots of lovely messages of support and thanks to the staff at Ealing Hospital.
Waving to the supportive crowd on the Parade.
Children don’t have a bed anymore at Ealing but they should!
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Big smiles for Ealing Hospital staff – we love you!
Some of the 100’s of people who visited our Stall and signed our petition
NHS England boss does a U-Turn on cutting beds:
You couldn’t really make it up but the Health Service Journal has just reported that Simon Stevens, NHS England boss, is saying hospitals’ bed stock was “if anything, overly pressurised” and in need of “increased capacity” in parts of the acute sector. He also goes on to say that some places might be thinking of reducing beds but the reality was more beds were needed. Read here.
Upcoming Street Stalls & Carnivals:
We are going to busy over the new few weeks leafleting for our public meeting and getting signatures for our petition. If you can spare an hour or so to help – we would love to see you!
Saturday 29th June:
Ealing Broadway Stall, 11.00-1.00pm outside Marks & Spencers in Ealing.
Sunday 7th July – Greenford Carnival:
It’s our first time at the Carnival and the organisers have been very supportive. We only plan to run it from 1.00 – 4.00pm, although the Carnival is 12.00 – 7.00pm. Please come and help – or just say hello if you are joining in the fun. Greenford Carnival is in Ravenor Park Road, UB6.
Saturday 13th July – Norwood Green Village Day
Once again we have a Stall on the Green from 12.00- 5.00pm.
Video – there’s a mental health crisis – It’s time to act:
National Campaign, Keep Our NHS Public has produced this excellent short video on the crisis in Mental Health. It features GP’s, Hospital doctors, campaigners and carers – hard hitting and informative, it is definitely well worth a look.