Minutes

Save Hammersmith & Charing Cross Hospitals Committee Meeting  

6.30pm Tuesday 31 July 2012, Irish Cultural Centre

Attending

Andy Slaughter MP, Alan Manley, and Jasmine Pilgren, Bob Sulatycki, Les Aldridge, James Doheny, Pat Boyle, Bill Davidson, Stephanie Thompson, Vivienne Lukey, Alan Aitken, Cllr Hitesh Tailor, Josephine Lundberg, Dr Mansoor Bhatti, Desiree Cranenburgh, Annette Chambers, Becky Jarvis & Robin Priestly.

Apologies

Carlo Nero, John Grigg, Jonathan Hextall, Mark Honigsbaum, John Dawson, Dr Jenny Vaughan, Shalinie Tewarie, Dede Wilson.

Welcome from the Chair

Andy Slaughter welcomed all those in attendance and introduced the agenda. Andy informed the meeting that he would be seeking to step aside as Chair and that Carlo Nero had offered to take up the role in his place. Andy also welcomed the representatives from 38 Degrees to the meeting.  

Agenda:

1) Elect Committee Officers and Agree Constitution

  • In order to formalise the operations and to set up a specialised bank account for the campaign, it was agreed that a formal constitution was required. 
  • The draft constitution was distributed to all committee members present and was unanimously agreed upon. 
  • It was also agreed that the designated committee positions should be distributed to those with specific expertise in each area. The agreed name and role of the positions are as follows:    Chair – Carlo Nero, Secretary – Andy Slaughter, Treasurer – John Grigg, Communications – Mark Honigsbaum, Events – Jonathan Hextall, Community Links – Jasmine Pilgrem, Clinical Advice – Dr Jenny Vaughan & Dr Mansoor Bhatti, Mobilise Celebrities – Vivienne Lukey, Legal Advice – James Doheny (liaising with 38 Degrees),  Social Media – Alan Aitken, Les Aldridge – TU and hospital staff liaison

Dr Mansoor Bhatti gave an update on the arguments for keeping A&E departments in the area and the means to contact consultants and other staff who will be adversely affected.  He will prepare a note on usage of current services and the effects of closure.

2) Future Activities 

  • It was agreed that the Street Stalls (11am – 2pm) should continue throughout August and September, and that the location of the stalls should change to improve awareness of the campaign throughout the area. Shepherds Bush Market, Askew Road and Old Oak were suggested as future locations. Street stalls outside football stadiums were also put forward as a possibility. 
  • It was also agreed that there should be mid-week stalls outside the hospitals, with Thursday’s (12 -3pm) put forward as an opportune time. 
  • The time and location of a Protest March was discussed. It was agreed that the date of this march should differ from the action happening on the 15th September (Ealing Hospital). A date of Saturday 22nd September was agreed, with participants marching from both Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals to a central location (possibly Lyric Square). It is hoped that both campaigns will be able to encourage as many people as possible to attend both marches.
  • It was also agreed that a Public Meeting should be held on the 11th September. Shepherd’s Bush Community Hall was put forward as a suitable location. 
  • The process of collecting petition signatures door-to-door, at school gates, from shops and businesses would begin immediately through a network of volunteers 

[Note:  A further open meeting is being held at Hammersmith Town Hall on 18 September organised by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.  Subject to further discussion a joint presentation of the petitions could be arranged at Downing Street immediately before the consultation period closes – 11am on Saturday 6 October is suggested for this] 

3) E-Newsletter and website 

  • The meeting was informed that the E-newsletter containing information about the campaign was currently being sent to between 8,000-10,000 people weekly
  • It was agreed that the campaign will work with 38 Degrees to increase the number of people who receive our newsletter and to improve the online presence of the campaign. 
  • Those wishing to sign our petition online will now be diverted to 38 degrees.  In return, 38 degrees will use their local membership to disseminate information on our campaign.  38 degrees will also contact Hammersmith & Fulham council to suggest a similar arrangement with their petition and activities.
  • We were informed that the “Save Our Hospitals” website was now active and that it would be populated with further information and details of the campaign in the next few days.

4) Campaign Materials 

  • It was agreed that the design of the logo used on the posters/t-shirts was effective but that the name used should be changed to “Save Hammersmith & Charing X Hospitals”. It was put forward that 250 T-Shirts be printed.
  • It was also accepted that the printed petition sheets should be amended to read “We, the undersigned, call upon the Secretary of State for Health to stop the closure of Hospital services in west London, in particular the A&E Departments of Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals” and to include the return address of 28 Greyhound Road W6 8NX and return date of 1 October. 
  • The meeting was informed that there were enough posters and materials to last another street stall but that a larger order would need to be placed to sustain operations beyond that time. 

5) AOB

An email system has been set up to allow the Committee to communicate – all members would shortly receive a request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If accepted members would then receive any email sent to this address.

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on the 6th September at 7pm at the Irish Cultural Centre. 

Meeting ends 8.30pm.

Andy Slaughter MP, Secretary, Save Hammersmith & Charing Cross Hopsitals