Minutes of the March CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our March meeting, including a discussion on the film I, Daniel Blake. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 April at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Fit for the few

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS footprint was published on 21 November 2016,1 as the keystone of the Fit for the Future programme. The plan reveals the scale of the deficit that is being created in the local NHS by the austerity imposed by Conservative and Conservative-led governments since 2010, which will amount to £504m by 2020/21. And it shows the narrow paths down which that strategic underfunding – or defunding – is forcing the health service.

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Cambridge transport to UN Antiracism Day demonstration

Saturday 18 March / 12 midday / Portland Place, London W1

The Stand Up to Racism campaign holds an annual weekend demonstration near the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Antiracism Day for short). This year's, supported by the Trades Union Congress, is a chance to stand up together and push back against the suffocating racism in Britain expressed and encouraged by the Brexit vote, and the explosive new American model for racist politics offered by President Trump.

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Play: Revolution Redux

Wednesday 8 March / 7.30 p.m. / Homerton Auditorium, Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PH

This play doesn't have anything to do with austerity. It probably has a lot to do with the emergence of the people as a political subject, but its special interest for the Cambridge People's Assembly (CPA) is that it's the work of one of our founding supporters, Olivier Tonneau. Olivier, a university teacher and researcher, represented the CPA at numerous meetings and events before turning to other projects in 2016.

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A letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

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.

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Celebs, MPs, Trade Unions, Campaigns join biggest NHS demo in history

This Saturday tens of thousands are expected to march in central London in defence of our NHS in what looks set to be the biggest public demonstration for the NHS in it's history. The demonstration has been organised by anti-austerity campaign the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together. Chart topping band Rudimental have pledged they'll be there and urged their fans to join them on the march in a video message.
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Second call for the Cambridge coach to Our NHS

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.
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A letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

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.

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Agenda for the March CPA meeting

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.

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Minutes of the February CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our February meeting, including a report from Calais on migrants in France. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 March at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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