URGENT: Protect your GP medical data from being highjacked and more…

This month we have news of another scandal – this time it’s the ‘high-jacking’ of our medical data held by our GPs.

There is some good news too in that the Breast Care Units at Ealing & Central Middlesex Hospital are not going to close!

We will be out on the streets later this month and on the National Day of Action on Pay Justice on Saturday 3rd July. The Guest Speaker at our campaign meeting on 15th June is nurse activist Holly Turner, sure to inspire us to take action!



CAMPAIGN MEETING TUESDAY 15TH JUNE – ‘THE FIGHT FOR PAY JUSTICE’

It’s our monthly online meeting on the 15th next Tuesday and we will be discussing the latest threats to our NHS and our GP confidential data, the antics of NHS bosses and the upcoming Day of Action.

OUR GUEST SPEAKER IS HOLLY TURNER, who is a nurse activist from ‘NHS Workers Say NO’ and a GMB union representative.

Holly with be speaking about the fight for pay justice following the insulting 1% pay offer, the mood among frontline NHS workers and the next steps in the campaign. We are delighted that Holly can join us so please come along and take part.

You are very welcome to join in our discussion.

Tuesday 15th June, 7.30pmPLEASE CONTACT ME TO BE SENT THE ZOOM LINK
EALING BREAST CARE UNIT – SAFE FOR NOW!

We are very pleased to have received a letter from the London North West NHS Trust CEO to say that no decision has been taken to close the Breast Care Unit and no plans to do so! This was further confirmed to us at the recent Trust Board Meeting. The Service is however under review and we are continuing to make strong representation in support of not just keeping but improving Ealing’s Breast Care Service.

Although the service is safe for now, only some of the Breast Care Clinics have re-opened after the shut down due to Covid 19. Instead of two full days a week (4 clinics) only one full day (2 clinics) has been re-opened – a 50% cut. However all the clinics at both Central Middlesex and Northwick have re-opened. We have asked why Ealing women are being treated differently! We are also pressing for breast surgery to be returned to Ealing, having been cut 4 or 5 years ago.
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JOIN US ON SATURDAY 3RD JULY OUTSIDE EALING HOSPITAL FROM 12.00-1.30PM

Despite all their dedication and hard work throughout the pandemic, NHS staff have been offered a disgraceful 1% pay rise and many workers are struggling to make ends meet- it is an insult!

The Pay Review Body will be making its findings public in June, which will bring the whole issue of pay back into the media. Campaigners want to show maximum solidarity with NHS staff as well as making sure that patient safety, privatisation and the government’s woeful handling of the Covid-19 pandemic remain clearly in the public eye.

On the 73rd anniversary of the NHS, Keep Our NHS Public, NHS Workers Say No!, NHS Staff Voices and Health Campaigns Together have come together to show that they will not be backing down without a fight.

Please join us for a good old shout, some songs, speakers and maybe some cake on the 3rd – hold the date!

Covid Inquiry 2_o

SESSION 9 – WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? WHAT MUST HAPPEN NOW?

7pm – Wednesday 16 June . registration here

This concluding session of the Peoples Covid Inquiry takes an overview: on the policies adopted to address pandemic and related governance issues; why has Government policy been in conflict with national trade unions and what is the role of a trade union in the pandemic; there are important questions to ask, of national and international consequence, about policy and governance around the vaccination programme; and the importance of taking the views of citizens seriously.

THE PANEL:
Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr. Tolullah Oni, Dr. Jacky Davis
Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry)

WITNESSES:
Kevin Courtney Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Deepti Gurdasani Clinical Epidemiologist and statistical geneticist, Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning, Queen Mary University of London



TEST & TRACE COMPANIES CHARGE THE NHS TWICE AS MUCH AS WORKERS ARE BEING PAID!

Probably not really a surprise but it is no wonder that Test & Trace is so expensive when companies like Serco pay their call centre staff £9.50 per hour but claim £21.50 per hour from the NHS! This is exactly why you want the NHS running it and not the private sector. The NHS wouldn’t be charging us twice.

Read it here



GET ‘THE LOWDOWN’:

The latest issue is full of yet more revelations on privatisation of our NHS, but here are a few –

VIRGIN GETS A PLACE ON NHS BOARD!

NHS campaigners have been arguing that the latest NHS re-organisation, in which massive budgets are to be given to regional ‘Integrated Care Systems to plan and shape NHS services will lead to greater influence for the private sector, with a seat on the Boards. It seems that our fears are being realised as reported in ‘the Lowdown’

Virgin Care’s local managing director Julia Clarke is already listed as a member of the Partnership Board, the unitary Board which currently runs the ICS covering Bristol and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW). Not only does she occupy a seat but is actively being allowed to protect the companies interests. Astoundingly the Board has asked private companies to voluntarily contribute £10,000 to the ICS running costs!

Read it here



NHS FUNDS SIPHONED OFF TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS AS NHS BEDS STAY EMPTY!

As a result of the demands on staff, resources and infection control bed numbers have plummeted since Spring 2020. The latest figures show there are 6000 fewer general beds and acute beds then in early 2020!

Instead of pumping in resources in to the NHS so it can reorganise and re-open beds in order to bring down the massive waiting lists, the Government is instead diverting up to £10 billion pounds out of NHS budgets to fund up to 90 private hospital & clinics to treat NHS patients with no doubt NHS staff – what a disgrace.

Recent research by the ‘Centre for Health in the Public Interest’ revealed that Government spending of up to £2bn of NHS Covid funds on supposedly block-booking private hospital beds in 2020 resulted in just 7 beds a day for Covid patients! It really is a scandal. Read it here

 



A CHANCE TO GET OUT MARCHING SHOES ON AGAIN:

PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY: NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION. Saturday 26th June

Ealing Save Our NHS is supporting this demonstration and will be meeting up locally to join what will be a big protest against the Government on many issues, including it’s mishandling of Covid -19 and the insulting 1% pay offer to NHS staff. There will be a Health Contingent led by NHS workers and Keep Our NHS Public.

The March assembles at 12 noon – Portland Place, W1 and then on to Parliament Square.

EALING MEET UP:
Saturday 26th June outside Ealing Broadway Station at 11.40am.