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Save SCBU and Kingfisher at DCH Demo at Vespasian house, Dorchester 15th July .

scbunyFamily-friendly demo outside meeting of Clinical Commissioning Group, 15th July at 14:00 Vespasian House Barrack Road, DT1 1TG Dorchester, Dorset, to save paediatric services at Dorset County Hospital. Get there if you can.

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Working class kids’ lives matter!

Kingfisher mothers picnic picket in Dorchester.

Angry parents and their children held a picnic picket at the offices of the Clinical Commissioning Group in Dorchester to save the Kingfisher ward and Special Care Baby Unit at Dorset County Hospital. They were entertained by Bridport players performing their anti-austerity street theatre. This is expected to become a regular fixture so support it if you can.

Keep our paediatric services local – they save lives!

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Demonstration for Kingfisher and SCBU at Vespasian house, Dorchester, Friday 19th June 2015.

 

11:00 at Vespasian house, Bridport Rd Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1PX MAP

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Due to us girlies fancying a picnic we thought we’d share with the C.C.G. and show we are still here. To coincide with their lunch breaks, come along and bring a friend 🙂 picnics welcome xx

Mass march for kingfisher and SCBU at Dorset County Hospital, 13th June 2015

A good start – Kingfisher rising!

SCBUJust got back from Dorchester where a couple of thousand people marched against the closure of the Kingfisher children’s ward at Dorset County Hospital; estimates vary between one and three thousand. Unless you believe the Echo who put it in the hundreds, odd since they are publicly supporting the campaign.

Conspicuous by his absence was ‘Evil Oliver’ Letwin, who has been hedging his bets, he would not have had a pleasant experience, we think. The march was good-natured but shows the strength of feeling in West Dorset about keeping our health services local, it was organised in a week and people required little prompting to turn out.

This is a grass-roots phenomenon bubbling up from the ground. The left are running to catch up; what will it take to get the unions to put their weight behind this? The workers at the hospital would be a good place to start. It’s all very well going to the capital a couple of times a year and trudging round in a giant police kettle, which just confirms the centralisation of power and frankly, is an exercise in hand-wringing. Here is an opportunity to strike back against austerity and let’s face it, save lives.

A couple of things have occurred to us and need to be widely appreciated:

  • It’ been pointed out by a comrade who is a practising midwife that the loss of Paediatric services and the Special Care Baby Unit will make the maternity ward untenable.
  • Next to close will be A & E.
  • They can then have another go at shutting the pathology lab which was only saved after a similar public outcry last year.
  • Then why not just sell off the rest?
  • We are under no illusions. This is a planned, progressive asset-strip. Letwin would not dream of associating himself with this campaign if he didn’t personally believe it was doomed to failure, so the decision has already been taken, somewhere, and the consultation exercise is just to soften up the public.

That doesn’t mean we are going to allow it to happen, if enough people get out to stop it. The health service is a pyramid with a three-cornered base. At its apex are the managers, politicians and ultimately, their corporate masters. At the base are the medical staff, support staff and the patients – all workers and taxpayers. Unite the base and we will cut the top off!

March for SCBU and Kingfisher at Dorset County Hospital. 13th June 2015

angry_KingfisherResidents of West Dorset and supporters will march through Dorchester on Saturday 13th June, determined to retain paediatric and maternity services at Dorset County Hospital.

Meet at 11:00 at Top O Town Car Park Bridport Road, DT1 1XT Dorchester, Dorset.

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Mass march for SCBU and kingfisher ward