Hospital campaigners: 'Don't fool with our NHS'

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Save Our Hospital members protest in eccentric costumes on April Fools' Day

Campaigners wear silly outfits to highlight this serious cause

‘Don’t fool with our NHS’ was the message from hospital campaigners who dressed up in silly outfits on April Fools’ Day.

Members of Save Our Hospitals protested in eccentric costumes, including Father Christmas and handmade designs, outside Charing Cross Hospital today but their message was serious.

The campaign continues to fight against NHS proposals to close A&Es and cut services at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals.

Desiree Cranenburgh, who has worked in social services for 40 years, said: “This is April Fools’ Day but this is not a time to fool about with our health. It’s serious. We need to get together as a community and help save our local health care.

“Our main thing is getting the patient voice heard, lots of us are patients and carers.

“We’re a growing group, we have tables in Chiswick, Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith. We’re still getting support. People still come to us because they can’t believe anyone would want to close a hospital down.”


Urgent Action at Health Scrutiny Committee 19 June 2013

Please join the Save Our Hospitals team outside Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday 19th June at 6:30pm in advance of the Health Scrutiny Committee.

We will be gathering outside the Town Hall and then following this up by attending the meeting, pharmacy where we will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a vital time to keep up the campaigns momentum and Save Our Hospitals!




Save Our Hospitals ? No to Privatisation


12 noon Jubilee Gardens, online Waterloo

Belvedere Rd, store SE1

Support for the demo so far includes:   Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition, Save our Hospitals Ealing, Save Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals, Andy Slaughter MP, Steve Pound MP, Virendra Sharma MP, John Cryer MP, Onkar Sahota GLA member, Rachael Saunders Councillor Tower Hamlets, Unite the Union, BMA Tower Hamlets, Save Chase Farm, Brent Fightback, Kensington and Chelsea Residents Save Our Hospital, Ealing Trades Union Council NHS Campaign, Ealing Southall CLP, Kingston Trades Council, Kingston and Surbiton Green Party, Kingston Keep Our NHS Public , Kingston GMB, We Are Waltham Forest Defending Our NHS, Camden Keep Our NHS Public , Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public, City & Hackney Coalition to Defend the NHS, Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public, Lambeth Pensioners Action Group.

The demonstration has been called by Save our Hospital campaigns across London and London Keep Our NHS Public.  It has been backed by Unite the union, a number of MPs and councillors, trade unions and  the London Labour Party.

This coalition of London residents, medical staff, trade unions and health campaigners have come together to raise the alarm regarding the biggest threats to A & E’s, maternity units and in-hospital care for a generation.

Closures planned across the capital include nine accident and emergency departments, a number of maternity units and thousands of hospital beds that campaigners believe will put lives at risk..

Hospitals and community services are also threatened with take-over by multi-national private companies. Hundreds of thousands of London residents have pledged their opposition to these privatisation plans for the NHS.