SOS NHS public meeting in Bridport Wednesday 8th February 2017.

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Wednesday 8th February, 7pm for 7.30pm Bridport Town Hall.

FREE open public meeting about what is happening to the NHS in West Dorset

Speakers include:
WENDY SAVAGE  President of the national organization Keep Our NHS Public
JON ORRELL  GP and ex-member of the Clinical Commissioning Group
CLAUDIA SORIN  local NHS campaigner
NAOMI PATTERSON  founder member of the campaign to save the Kingfisher Ward
and Special Care Baby Unit at Dorchester Hospital

There will be Q & A when local residents will have the chance to share their experience and concerns. There will be copies of the Questionnaire issued by the Clinical Commissioning Group, to be completed within their ‘consultation’ period by the end of February.

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If you want to live, come to Dorchester on the 18th May!

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There will be a demonstration outside the meeting of the Clinical Commissioning Group on Wednesday against the further degrading of healthcare services in Dorset. Come to Vespasian House DT1 1TG at 1p.m. Bring banners and noise-making equipment.

The long-running conspiracy to shut down Dorset County Hospital enters a new phase this week. Not only is its A & E and maternity department threatened, but those of Poole Hospital also.

Each of these schemes has met with ferocious hostility, followed by sham public consultations, congregations of worthies and posturing by local politicians, especially the odious Oliver Letwin, who has more faces than a town hall clock. Wessex Solidarity has known for some time that the decision was taken long ago behind closed doors and these shenanigans are purely to defuse the situation until the publicity dies down. Make no mistake about it, we are going to be left with one emergency department for the entire county, and it will serve the wealthy conurbation around Bournemouth.

The people of West Dorset, already shafted over public transport, and virtually isolated, will simply not have emergency or paediatric healthcare services within reach.

If this is allowed to proceed, people are going to die, some of you reading this, your elderly, your children are going to die, for the greedy parasites who are carving up the N.H.S. we built, merely to line their own pockets. The time for politeness has passed.

NOW GET ON THE STREETS!

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Residents in West Dorset are suffering from cuts to their bus services that make it hard enough to get to Dorchester let alone Poole or Bournemouth, there is no longer an evening service and some villages have only two buses a day.

A recent attempt to flog off the pathology service at the hospital was foiled after a public outcry.

West Dorset’s M.P. Oliver Letwin is the author of ‘Privatising the World’ and Britain’s biggest enterprise; his blueprint for selling the NHS.

Victory for Dorset Health Campaign! Community rejects pathology privatisation.

Roll of dishonour, M.P.s with their hands in the N.H.S. till.

The fight is on to save Dorset County Hospital’s children’s ward; updated.

A good start – Kingfisher rising!

Kingfisher mothers picnic picket in Dorchester.

Dorset rejects bureaucrats’ plan to risk children’s lives.

International Women’s Day events, Saturday 12th March 2016, W.I. Hall, North St., Bridport

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Saturday 12th March 2016 W.I. Hall, North St., Bridport

Message from Autonomy films: three fantastic events coming up! All at W.I. Hall, North St. Bridport.

Thurs 25th February

5.30pm – 6.30pm a free Youth Council workshop for 16-30-year-olds with the former Frome youth mayor.  Reserve a place from events@stirtoaction.com

7.30pm  Talk: Flatpack Democracy

In Frome, Somerset  local people have achieved an extraordinary revolution in how their council runs and have revitalized local politics. 5 Speakers from Frome are coming to Bridport to tell us about their ‘Flatpack Democracy’. All welcome. Organised by STIR. Entry:  £4

Sat 12th March

International Women’s Day Celebration focuses on Women Writers, all welcome.

5.30 for 6pm Play: Five Break the Spell  Join The Bookshop and members of Bridfem for a delightful evening of family friendly fun with a Participatory Pop-up Play where you can join in as actors or audience.  Our play, about a certain well-known British children’s author who set many of her adventures in Dorset, will be led by Beth Shaw, co-author of The Domestic Theatre Handbook.  The Bookshop will have a stall of books for sale by and about women. Admission Free/Donation, with tea and coffee.

8pm Autonomy Films presents: An Angel at My Table Jane Campion’s award-winning 1990 film of Janet Frame’s autobiography tells of her childhood in New Zealand and her triumph over mental illness to become a successful writer. (Colour, 2hrs 38mins)

Admission £3  or less if you’re skint Vegetarian soup on sale from  7.30pm.

Dorset rejects bureaucrats’ plan to risk children’s lives.

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For the second time this year, a couple of thousand Dorset residents jammed the county town of Dorchester to remind the Clinical Commissioning Group that we will not accept cuts to paediatric or maternity services in West Dorset under any circumstances. For some time now, the ordinary people of this county have been at war with those who would pillage the health service we built for ourselves, and leave us at the mercy of private corporations who see us as commodities.

dsOur campaign, started by a determined group of working class women whose only motive was defending their kids, has grown and spread beyond the county. We now have the support of thousands of Dorset residents plus Unite Community, Unison, Industrial Workers of the World, Dorset People’s Assembly, Dorset Eye, Dorset Socialists, Bristol SolFed, the local Zumba community, scaffolders, Daleks, anarchists, snowmen, footballing bears, local media and some politicians.

e_2139Oliver Letwin M.P. author of ‘Privatising the world’  and Britain’s biggest enterprise, his plan for selling the NHS; – who once claimed that within five years of a Conservative election victory the NHS “will not exist anymore”  – is proper squirming now. He said:

“I am absolutely clear that the best interest of patients lies in maintaining paediatric in-patient services at Dorset County Hospital. I have had absolute confirmation that there is no money to be saved from moving them to Bournemouth or Poole, and the advantages of Dorchester in terms of access are huge.”

He will have to look elsewhere for his retirement fund then.

We’re glad to have the Daleks on our side but we still don’t trust Oliver Letwin.

We’re relieved the Daleks are on our side but we still don’t trust Oliver Letwin.

Dorset Eye.

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Autonomy Films and Bridport UNITE Community Group present “JOE HILL – HE NEVER DIED!”

Joe HillToday, 19th November 2015,  is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joe Hill.  He was an activist and union organizer whose songs have inspired the labour movement worldwide.  A thorn in the side of exploitative bosses and the US state, he was executed in Utah on 19th November 1915 on a trumped-up murder charge.  Come to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man, watch a short documentary film, mark his unjust death, and enjoy his songs – join in if you want!  Hear Paul Robeson sing about him.

Saturday 28th November 2015 WI Hall, North Street, Bridport 7 pm for 7.30 pm Entry £3, less if you can’t afford it! Vegetarian pies on sale from 6.45 pm

EVENTS ORGANISED BY OTHERS

Tuesday 24th November
Naomi Klein’s new film ‘THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’ The climate change film of the moment The Beehive, Honiton 8 pm Entry:  £5

Wednesday 25th November
Meeting about HOUSING The Corn Exchange, Dorchester  7pm

Saturday 28th November DORSET PARADE FOR THE PLANET 12.00 p.m. – 3 p.m. Bournemouth Pier Approach

Wednesday 2nd December
BRIDFEM XMAS PARTY 7 p.m. The Snug at The George, South Street, Bridport, 6pm £8 including nibbles, followed by discussion about Women and Xmas (Self-defined women welcome).

Friday 11th December
SUFFRAGETTE    (film starring Carey Mulligan) The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport Doors 6 p.m. event starts 7pm. Members of Bridfem will give an introduction relating the story to Bridport, and there will be a discussion afterwards for anyone who wishes. All tickets £4 on the door – no need to book just turn up! (All genders welcome)

Saturday 12th December
THE CHRISTMAS MARCH FOR THE KINGFISHER WARD AND MATERNITY UNIT
Top o’Town Carpark, Dorchester  11 a.m. Assemble for march through town, ending at Borough Gardens

Monday 14th December
BRIDPORT LABOUR PARTY XMAS SOCIAL British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport 7pm Entry:  £12 including meal (curry) and entertainment (Cartoon Action Theatre) Guest speaker: Billy Bragg Licensed bar

Autonomy film show in Bridport 28th November: Joe Hill Centenary.

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