Councillor Bill Pipe, resign!

From the Keep Kingfisher and Maternity at DCH a 24/7 Consultant Led Unit Team DCH Facebook page:

“Councillor Bill Pipe, new Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee, which has the power to challenge the bed closures, hospital closures and removal of services in the clinical services review says the committee reversed its decision to refer the plans to the secretary of state for health because it did not have evidence of public support.

This is not the case. 27,000 signatures were collected in the petition to save Kingfisher ward and nearly 37,000 to save Poole Hospital. Campaigners wrote letters and attended meetings to express their concerns and even the watchdog Healthwatch challenged the decisions.

Cllr Pipe also pressurised members of the committee by holding a special pre meeting in which they were asked to individually state their voting intentions and also by giving a 5 minute speech before the vote urging the committee to support the changes.‎ Such actions amount to bullying and are unprecedented and unacceptable in a committee which should remain independent.

He has also misled the committee about the numbers voting for the referral at the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee in December and by not telling them that the week before, he had proposed that Purbeck District Council oppose the CCG’s plans – which they did with a unanimous vote.

We believe that Cllr Pipe has brought the Health Scrutiny Committee and Dorset County Council into disrepute, that he is unfit to chair the committee and that he should resign.

If you would like to write to Leader of the Council, Rebecca Knox and ask her to replace him as chair with someone who has the confidence of the public then please message us and we’ll advise you how to do it.”

On yer bike, Pipe!


Report on the Sustainability & Transformation Partnership consultation – 8th February

From the Save Southend NHS Facebook page:

#SaveSouthendNHS have been emailed this by a member of the public who was not allowed entry to the STP discussion event on Thursday 8th February.

We are posting this word for word.

I went along to Cliffs Pavilion on Thursday to attend the consultation meeting regarding plans for local hospitals I knew tickets had all been allocated for the evening but as they were free I knew from experience that not everyone would turn up so went along bearing in mind originally they said turn up on night. I arrived at venue where there was police presence and four bouncers! There was only about 4 or 5 people waiting outside doors to get in when I got there and was told there was no room. When I looked through I could see a few people standing and room behind them I mentioned this to one of the security guys and said as there were only 4 of us could they let us in as I was happy to stand He replied we were not allowed to stand. When I questioned the fact that there were people standing he said they were speakers and public were not allowed to stand I have been to music events there where the room is rammed and everyone stands. Bearing in mind the organisers knew this event was oversubscribed I question why they didn’t change the layout of room and not had the round tables I learnt later from friends that there were even a couple of spare seats.

Yet another demonstration of how badly run the whole public consultation has been.

You can sign our petition here:

From the Save Southend NHS Facebook page:

The Mid & South Essex Sustainability & Transformation Partnership (STP) refused to change to a larger venue or rearrange seating to accommodate more people at the original venue, Maritime Rooms at the Cliffs Pavilions, in spite of tickets to last night’s consultation event ‘selling out’ two weeks ago. Instead they decided to employ a firm of security guards to prevent entry of many non-ticket holders to the event, originally billed as ‘just turn up’.

#SaveSouthendNHS had a presence of thirty or so supporters outside the venue to distribute leaflets illustrating the real effects the STP is likely to have on local NHS services, and talk to attendees as they arrived.

Around 200 people were admitted to the 300 capacity venue to hear the standard spiel touted by the STP and its advocates. Their basic line is that with an ageing population and…

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Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are meeting tomorrow (25th January 2018) to decide whether or not to close two Community Hospitals, The Dilke and Lydney Hospital in the Forest of Dean, and replace them with a single, smaller hospital containing significantly fewer inpatient beds and unknown services.

We demand that these decision makers respect the views of the majority of respondents to the public consultation, who DID NOT SUPPORT these proposed hospital closures. THINK AGAIN!

It’s time we turned the tide! The NHS is in crisis nationally already… and it’s time we demanded our rights as National Insurance payers for a properly financed and equipped public health service with decent pay and conditions for staff. This starts by demanding the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group respect and heed the majority of people’s views and keep our 2 hospitals open and invest in them for the future!

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Kingfisher Victory!

Congratulations are due to the Kingfisher Mums and their supporters today, the CCG have finally capitulated.

Confounding  the many faces set against this campaign, including both of Oliver Letwin’s, with his ugly henchman Richard Grosvenor-Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax M.P., full consultant-led maternity and Paediatric services will be retained at Dorset County Hospital.

Full respect to the Mums who for three years now have maintained a relentless struggle in the teeth of abject treachery and deceit from local politicians and NHS officials, whilst bringing up their families and caring for some profoundly unwell and disabled children. We especially salute the tireless Naomi Patterson.

As history shall recall, Working Class women are a force to be reckoned with.

We didn’t even need to smash anything up, this time.

The NHS was built by the Working Class for the Working Class. Drugs and medical equipment are made by workers not capitalists. Cleaners, doctors, nurses, midwives, porters and technicians are workers. It belongs to us, it’s not a source of revenue for the socially useless. Keep your filthy grasping bourgeois hands off it!

To celebrate, here’s a song about vampires:


This year’s Martyrs Festival and rally is Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017, our well oiled machine will spring into action on Friday lunchtime, if you haven’t done this with us before it’s a lot of fun. If you have, you know what to expect … View map


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For a world without leaders, elections, jobs, money, nukes or fascists: Report from Radical Workers’ Bloc at Tolpuddle 2016.