Thursday 22 October / 7.30 p.m. / Caroline Stephen Room, Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
A meeting on 13 October founded a campaign, Cambridge Health Emergency, to stand up for our local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie after their parent trust was placed in special measures the previous month (see our group's statement). This means demanding three things.
- No financially-driven cuts.
- No privatization.
- Full funding of services.
The next campaign meeting will be held tonight. Apologies for the short notice!
Tuesday 13 October / 7.30 p.m. / Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Join tonight's meeting to set up a broad campaign group 'to defend Addenbrooke's, its services, and its staff', following the imposition of special measures at the hospital's parent trust three weeks ago (see our statement at the time). The Cambridge People's Assembly will fully support this campaign.
Friday 25 September / 4 p.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital (the front car park), Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Our friends in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public and the UNISON Cambridge Acute Hospitals branch have organized a rally, Hands Off Addenbrooke's, to show support for the hospital and its staff after the regulator placed Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in special measures on Tuesday (see our statement). The Care Quality Commission, whose rating of the trust as inadequate provoked the action by Monitor, went out of its way to praise hospital staff.
Please join us if you can!
We're saddened that Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, responsible for our renowned local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie, was yesterday placed in special measures by the regulator Monitor after being rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.Read more
Last week we asked what the important issues were for you all at election time. We're covering the top two in the newest episode of our podcast - TTIP and the NHS - and asking experts what the mail political parties are proposing. The podcast is up on iTunes as well as soundcloud, or click below to listen.Read more
The heat of the General Election is near boiling point as the battle rages for the leadership of Britain on May 7th. A long overdue injection of political diversity in the candidates available - though all white and mostly middle class it has to be said - allied with the wide-spread pain of austerity, has opened up the spectrum of key, ‘vote-winning’ policy areas wider than has been seen in an election year for decades.Read more
Monday 13 April / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Centre Nave, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
This event wasn't quite finalized when we noted some forthcoming Cambridge hustings events last week, but our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will hold their own hustings on Monday 13 April, examining the parliamentary candidates' views on the ongoing privatization of the NHS and its consequences. The candidates will be Chamali Fernando (Conservative Party), Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party).
Saturday 11 April / 10 a.m. / Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
The People's Convention for the NHS has called a national conference ... to unite broad layers in defence of our NHS and to bring together campaign groups, activists, health workers, trade unions, pensioners' groups and anybody concerned with the future of our NHS. We aim to build the strongest forces possible and maximum unity in the fight for our NHS.
Among many good speakers at the conference we have to mention the admirable journalist and signatory to the People's Assembly founding statement, Owen Jones (latest book The Establishment); our terrific guest of December, John Hilary (War on Want, latest book The Poverty of Capitalism), explaining why the TTIP trade deal is so dangerous; our friend Martin Booth (Stop the NHS Sell-Off in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough), speaking from experience on 'NHS Privatization: How to Fight it and Win'; and the People's Assembly's national secretary, Sam Fairbairn. Another CPA friend, Steve Sweeney, has been working hard to organize the Convention. Its supporters include Keep Our NHS Public, People's Vote for the NHS, and of course the People's Assembly alongside many others.
We're asked to register to attend this free event.
Monday 16 March / 6 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
The Coalition Government abolished the public NHS in England when it passed the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 ... The Act effectively reduces the NHS to a funding stream and a logo. Behind the logo, corporations bid for health contracts in a regulated market.
The public health doctor and campaigner for a public NHS, Allyson Pollock (author of NHS plc, on an earlier stage of privatization under New Labour), will show 'why the marketization prescribed to cure the NHS is having such disastrous side effects' at an event on Monday organized by the Cambridge Green Party 'to enthuse and inspire the fightback'. Our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will also contribute, alongside the Greens' parliamentary candidate in Cambridge, Rupert Read. This is a free event.Read more
In the past few weeks there’s actually only been a very small percentage increase in number of people visiting A&E compared to the same period last year. But this marginal increase has been having an exponential effect on waiting times. A&E departments are struggling to cope.Read more