Thursday 28 April / 6.30 p.m. / Heffers, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY
The GP Youssef El-Gingihy will discuss his new book at Heffers bookshop tonight. How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps (Zero, 2015) explains the conversion over 25 years of a system designed around needs to one designed around markets, the process completed by the Conservative-led coalition government's Health and Social Care Act 2012. The new structure it created, of competing consortiums able to buy services from any private provider, is the basis for an insurance system on the failed model of the United States. This is what we have to fight.
Tuesday 26 April / 8 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2
Tomorrow the junior doctors of the British Medical Association will take their strongest action yet in their struggle against the Conservative government's unsafe, unfair new contract, when they walk out completely between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday and again for the same period on Wednesday. (Earlier action, in which they continued to provide emergency cover, proved not to be enough to force the government to listen.) We'd urge anyone who can to visit the doctors' picket lines at Addenbrooke's Hospital from 8 a.m.Read more
Wednesday 6 April / 11 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2
The junior doctors of the British Medical Association will strike again today to fight the government's imposition of its unsafe, unfair new contract. For 48 hours from 8 a.m. the doctors will provide emergency care only. We'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital from that time, and to join their strike rally at 11 a.m. at the Hills Road car park.Read more
Wednesday 9 March / 8 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Last month the government announced that it would quit negotiations with the British Medical Association (BMA) and simply impose its unsafe, unfair new contract on junior doctors in England. The junior doctors are beginning their fight against imposition with a 48-hour industrial action, providing emergency care only between 8 a.m. on Wednesday 9 March and 8 a.m. on Friday 11 March. They have the full support of the Cambridge People's Assembly, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
Doctors, nurses & NHS students from across the country have published a letter in today's Mirror urging all health workers to join the National Demonstration for 'Health, Homes, Jobs & Education' on Saturday 16 April 2016.
If you're a health worker, please do add your name below:
"Over the last five years the Conservative Party’s relentless austerity drive has eroded the welfare state and as NHS workers our ability to provide good quality care to the millions who rely on our services is being hampered.
Recent governments have targeted the NHS for cuts and “reform” in order to mould it into an institution primarily geared to serve private sector interests. Deliberate underfunding, as well as the recent attack on the working conditions of junior doctors, threatens patient care and the long term sustainability of the NHS.
Furthermore, the Government’s proposed scrapping of NHS student bursaries will limit the healthcare professions only to those who can fund their own training.
Our public services must be preserved for the welfare of all who need them and we ask everyone to join the demonstration in London called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity on April 16 in the March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education. Only by working together will we have the means to resist these attacks effectively and to safeguard these services for the future use of the many not just the few."
March for Health, Homes, Jobs & Education: Saturday 16 April, London | Click here for details
Yannis Gourtsoyannis, BMA Junior Doctor Committee, Mona Kamal, Junior Doctor, Danielle Tiplady, Student Nurse & NHS Bursary Cuts Forum, Anthony Johnson, Student Nurse
Sophia Koumi KCLSU Vice President for Health and Mental Health Nurse
Jennifer O’Sullivan GSTT Junior Doctor
Zubitz Ahmed GSTT Junior Doctor
Jibran S. Ousiesie
Alice Green KCL Student Dietitian
Monika Eiben GSTT
Kezie Kire KCL Student Dietitian
Giulia DDK KCL Student Dietitian
Scralett SA KCL Student Dietitian
Ben Hunt KCLSU Vice President for Arts and Science
Jon Atlard KCL
Ariet Gunawan GSTT
Kate Cooper KCL Student
Dr Sophie Lane UCLH
Valerie Brennan Unite/Labour Party
Tom Rock Medical Student
Dr Sian Williams
Karen Reissmann NEC Unison and Registered Nurse (Personal Capaicty)
Will Quick UNISON Health Campaigns Officer (Personal Capacity)
Gary Freeman UNISON Health Service Exec Member
Nadine Al Manashi KCLSU President
Suzanne Schofield Nurse Sister
Kat Barber NHS Bursary Petition and Student Nurse
Hannah Bassan Specialist Podiatrist Unite Gloucester and District Health branch
Dr Bob Gill GP and GP Trainer
Maria Gillroy Site Nurse Practitioner (Personal Capacity)
Janet Maiden UNISON Health Exec and Registered Nurse (Personal Capacity)
Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty Spr Medical Oncology
Dr N.Amin Spr Medical Oncology
Dr Azhar Malik GP Kentish Town
Suzzane Muller Medical Student
Jacob Smith Student Nurse
Nicola Pickstone Senior Registered Nurse
Joe Simpson KCLSU Vice President for Activities and Education
Dr Niki Fitzgerald
Dr Wendy Savage
Dr Ranjeet Porar
Clare Slater NHS Staff
Catherine Lomas NHS Staff
Cherry Fitzsimmons NHS Staff
Teresa Bailey Student Nurse
Georgia Twigg NHS Staff
Dr Ann Griffiths
Wednesday 24 February / 7 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie have been placed in special measures. The future of some clinical services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is doubtful in view of a possible merger. And the £800m, five-year contract to provide older people's and community care services in Cambridgeshire, awarded to the NHS consortium UnitingCare after an expensive tendering process, has collapsed after eight months. The austerity policies of underfunding and marketization have left public healthcare in our county in crisis.Read more
The Cambridge Health Emergency campaign issued an urgent, informative leaflet this month explaining the situation at Addenbrooke's and the Rosie. We're glad to republish the text here with the campaign's permission.
Wednesday 10 February / 10 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
The junior doctors of the British Medical Association (BMA) have been forced to return to strike action by the government's failure to address their concerns about their new contract: from 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday they will provide emergency care only. The Cambridge People's Assembly continues to support fully the doctors, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. or to join their strike rally there at 10 a.m.Read more
Tuesday 12 January / 10 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
The junior doctors of the British Medical Association (BMA) are taking strike action for the first time tomorrow, after the Conservative government refused to offer sufficient safeguards for NHS doctors and their patients in the latest negotiations over the doctors' contracts. The Cambridge People's Assembly fully supports their action, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit the doctors' picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. or to join their strike rally there at 10 a.m.Read more
Tuesday 17 November / 7.30 p.m. / Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
The next meeting to plan the Cambridge Health Emergency campaign, founded recently to stand up for our local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie after their parent trust was placed in special measures, will be held tomorrow at Alex Wood Hall. Among other things it will hear a report from a public meeting of the trust's directors and start to plan a wider meeting of its own, to inform and organize patients to act against any threats to their hospitals in the form of cuts or private sector entry.