Great Photos and report on Saturdays Day of Action! -ESON Newsletter 20/02/20

Last Saturday Ealing Save Our NHS (ESON) joined with campaigners around the country for a Day of Action to highlight the winter crisis, the worst ever for waiting times in A&E.
In January, London North West University Healthcare Trust which covers Ealing and Northwick Park A&Es, had 12,674, Type 1 (most urgent) attendances of which only 8,162 were seen and treated before the 4 hour target, the remaining 4,512 people waited 4 hours or more.
Unfortunately London North is not the worst! No wonder the Government wants to do away with the 4 hour target, so they can avoid scrutiny and hide their failure to fund the NHS properly.
The Day of Action:
In London, campaigners from Keep Our NHS Public group, NHS Staff Voices braved the wind and rain to hang the banner below on Westminster Bridge.
We had a great action in Ealing Broadway with lots of public support –
Please find below ESON’s press release and a few of the lovely photos from Saturdays event outside Perceval House and on the ‘March’.
Campaigners highlight waiting times and targets being missed in underfunded NHS
Ealing Save Our NHS campaigners held a protest today to highlight the worst winter crisis recorded so far. They gathered on the steps of Perceval House, home of the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group, which holds the purse strings for the NHS in Ealing.
Eve Turner, Secretary of Ealing Save Our NHS said: “Trolleys in corridors are now a regular feature in local hospitals – so much so that nurses and even doctors have had to be designated to staff corridors. The NHS is starting to crumble before our eyes – literally in the case of some maintenance issues, for example Hillingdon Hospital had to close children’s wards which became unsafe because there was no money for maintenance. The Trusts that run our hospitals have been starved of funding for years and now they are just not coping in some areas.”
She added “When more than a third of the most serious emergencies arriving at our A&Es couldn’t be dealt with in 4 hours, then we have a major crisis. But that’s exactly what happened last month in Ealing and Northwick Park Hospitals.
To highlight the crisis, campaigners placed a full size skeleton in a wheelchair, being attended to far too late by an overworked doctor, while another ‘sick patient’ lay in a makeshift bed in a corridor.
The campaigners later marched to Ealing Broadway to distribute hundreds of leaflets to Saturday shoppers.
Campaigner Eric Leach said “We get fantastic support from the public. Despite the huge crisis, there is no management at Ealing Hospital, which is run remotely from Northwick Park. Vital services such as night time emergency surgery are facing the axe. It’s Horrifying and immoral.”
The protest was part of a national Day of Action, organised by Keep Our NHS Public.