The Health Service Journal (week beginning 15 February) reports that the East of England had the steepest decline in accident and emergency performance in England compared to the previous year. Three trusts in the region, including the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust (for Addenbrooke's Hospital), were in the top ten biggest declines, despite attendance remaining broadly flat. It was officially acknowledged that the trusts had been affected by discharge delays.Read more
Saturday 4 March / 12 midday / Tavistock Square, London WC1
We still have a few seats left on our coach to and from Our NHS, the national demonstration called for Saturday 4 March in London by Health Campaigns Together and the People's Assembly Against Austerity to demand
- a fully funded, publicly owned NHS and social care service;
- no cuts, no closures, no privatization; and
- an end to pay restraint for NHS staff.
I'd like briefly to defend the sense and the necessity of street protest, including the ongoing demonstrations in Cambridge against the racist politics of the new US president Donald Trump (Cambridge News, 23 and 31 January), which the People's Assembly has joined.Read more
Wednesday 1 March / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our March meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the latest draft.Read more
Monday 20 February / 5.30 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
On Monday parliament will debate the state visit to which Theresa May as prime minister invited the new US president Donald Trump, who shortly afterwards delivered a version of the Muslim travel ban he had promised in his openly racist election campaign. Anti-racists are responding with a national day of action in protest at Trump's government, and our friends in Cambridge Stand Up to Racism have called a rally and march, supported by the Cambridge People's Assembly among many other organizations.Read more
Monday 20 February / From 1 p.m. / Various venues
On 20 February, under the slogan One Day Without Us, some of us who are immigrants will withdraw from our usual activities in protest at the racism and xenophobia which has poisoned British politics and everyday life. We'll also come together during the day for demonstrations and discussions.Read more
Sunday 19 February / 1 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
Ahead of One Day Without Us on 20 February, when some of us who are immigrants will withdraw from our usual activities in protest at racism and xenophobia, the local organizers and Unite the Union will hold a rally in Market Square. We'll hear speakers address the experience of harassment and violence, as well as the immigrant contribution to life in Britain.
Saturday 11 February / 10.30 a.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
The Cambridge and District Trades Council will hold a stall on Saturday to encourage union membership and participation, as part of the Heart Unions campaign supported by the Trades Union Congress. We'll never tire of saying that organizing in unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside.
Tuesday 14 February / 7 p.m. / Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW
Next week Cambridge Unite Community, in collaboration with Cambridge Area Momentum and the Cambridge People's Assembly, will hold a free community screening of Ken Loach's acclaimed film I, Daniel Blake. The film depicts the new cruelty of Britain's welfare system, redesigned by the coalition and Conservative governments to punish their scapegoats for austerity: here, that means those of us who are unemployed or disabled (as for other state agencies it means those of us who are immigrants).Read more