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.
Saturday 28 March / 10 a.m. / Outside the Central Library, Lion Yard, Cambridge CB2 3QD
Proposals put to the County Council's Highways and Infrastructure Committee for 17 March would mean a major loss of free public space for library users ... The proposal to lease a 'large proportion' of the third floor to a multinational corporation would see those who cannot afford to pay crowded on to the remaining two floors.
Make sure to attend a protest and petition-signing tomorrow against the privatization of part of Cambridge Central Library! The third floor presently houses the library's local studies collection, community meeting rooms, and cafe, but proposals passed by the County Council would have it leased to Kora, a subsidiary of the multinational office services corporation Regus Group. The protest has been called by Cambridge and District Trades Council and Unison Cambridgeshire County Branch (whose press release we quoted above). The independent petition against the proposals, opened last week, already has over 2,000 signatures.