Election Special: NHS is now No 1 issue for voters! -ESON Newsletter 22/11/19

The NHS has now replaced Brexit as the No 1 election issue which is a huge boost for health campaigners and everyone who has helped to keep the NHS in the public eye – a good news story for a change!
No doubt the media stories that A&E, cancer and other waiting times for treatments are at their highest ever has played a part too – more on this story later
The Government’s claim that it’s all down to ‘higher demand’ isn’t going to wash with voters. It’s all about the chronic underfunding clearly visible in our hospitals and overcrowded GP surgeries.
Although we are not party political it should therefore come as no surprise that we say the NHS is not safe in their hands.
As this is an Election Special we want to share with you our campaign plans and hope that some of you can help distribute our election leaflets in your local street and join us at other events.
NHS doctors and nurses speak out in a powerful video – UNMISSABLE!
There are some pretty unbelievable claims being made in this election about the NHS, mainly by the current Government. Keep Our NHS Public and Health Campaigns Together have produced this video with the testimonies of NHS doctors, nurses and therapists. Their honest fact-checked statements tell it like it is.
We hope you will watch it and share it with friends and family
Vote to Save Our NHS – our Campaign Plans:
Over the next few weeks we will be talking to people about why they should use their vote to save the NHS. If you can spare some time to join us it would be great to see you.
Street Stalls:
This Friday 22nd November – 11.00-1.00pm in in the Marketplace opposite Morrisons, Acton High Street & St Marys Church. There will be leaflets, petitions, stickers & more.
Saturday 23rd November – Keep Our NHS Election Roadshow – 11.30 -1.30pm outside Uxbridge Tube Station. We are joining with other NHS campaigners in Boris Johnson’s constituency – should be fun.
Saturday 30th November – 11.00-1.00pm – Greenford Broadway (just down from Greenford Hall & the Wishing Well Pub)
Saturday 7th December – Our annual Xmas day of Action
Tube Stations:
Wednesday 11th December – final leafleting outside Ealing Broadway Station from 5.30-7.00pm – Vote, Vote NHS!
We also plan to leaflet at South Ealing, Northfields and Acton Town – any help appreciated.
Copies of our Election leaflet and Poster can be found here but here is a pre-view:-
CAN YOU HELP: We would welcome offers of help to leaflet your local streets and get theVote NHS message out. If you can help please email me so we can arrange drop off of leaflets – thanks
ESON Xmas Day of Action – Saturday 7th December –
This is now an annual feature in our campaigning diary. It’s always good fun and we get agreat response from shoppers as we tour round the local shopping centres. We will have ourcolourful leaflets and stickers to give out and a megaphone to draw attention.
Adding to the impact in a big way will be our decorated loudspeaker Car with our ‘Vote to Save Our NHS’ posters.There may even be a bit of singing!
We start from Southall Town Hall at 11.00, aiming to do about an hour in each place, then off to West Ealing Sainsbury’s from 12.30. After a lunch break in Ealing Broadway, our last stop is Marks & Spencer at 2.45 pm. Final details a bit nearer the time, but if you want to help please let me know.
Hospital waiting times are the worst – ever:
According to recent official NHS statistics, key targets for cancer, hospital care and A&E have been missed for over three years – with delays for hospital care and in A&E hitting their highest levels since both targets were introduced. Target waiting times for A&E, cancer treatment and a whole host of other waiting targets are constantly being missed.
4.42 million patients on the waiting list at the end of September, the highest number
ever and some trusts are planning to cancel operation to cope with the Winter crisis.
84.8% of them waiting under 18 weeks – below the 92% target and the worst
performance since the target was introduced, in 2012
76.9% of cancer patients starting treatment within 62 days – below the 85% target
83.6% of A&E patients admitted or transferred within four hours in October – below the
95% target and the worst performance since the target started was introduced, in 2004 – perhaps no surprise the current Government says they are ‘ outdated’ and is pilot new measurements!
You can read the full story here –

Thanks for your continued support – please tell everyone you know to Vote to Save Our NHS