March Report October 2012


The Rally in Lillie Road Recreational ground was attended by a large crowd who heard the Chair of Save our Hospitals in Hammersmith read out messages of support from Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Sheila Hancock

Sir Ian McKellen

As a lifetime beneficiary and supporter of the NHS, I am very sorry that I can't join you on Saturday for Save Our Hospitals’ rally.

This week I consulted the manager of my local health centre and she wrote the following:

The impact of the Health and Social Care Act is expected to be massive. Although, prior to the Act, services had been outsourced to private health care companies, this will escalate under the Act. We are already seeing the impact on patient care, for example, with the Camden Road GP practice that was taken over by one private health care provider, who found they could not make a profit on it and sold the practice on to a second private provider who also found they couldn’t make a profit so pulled out – leaving the patients with no practice.

Locally we had a situation in the last few days where GPs have received a letter from the Chief Exec of Barts Health asking us not to refer patients to them unless it is an emergency. Patients’ lives are being put at risk.

On Friday 21st September we received a letter from the head of the London Ambulance Service saying they were very stretched and asking us not to call for ambulances except in emergencies.

I do hope your event has an impact and that current policies can be reversed.   

Ian McKellen

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Cheeky Hunt!


Taxi driver: The NHS is magic - don't let the Govt destroy it!!


Save our Hospitals


Rosemary Budd W London


Save our Hospitals March Short Version






Saturday 6th October across North West London we will be marching to say - SAVE OUR HOSPITALS!

The march, organised by the Hammersmith and Fulham wing of the Save our Hospitals Campaign is supported by our Sister Campaigns in EALING and BRENT, as well as the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It has been made possible with generous support and assistance from the GMB Union and Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Please JOIN US for some or all of the march - this will be a good-natured, friendly occasional but it is about a subject of vital importance to us all. So while we want a  want a good-natured, friendly and peaceful demonstration, we want as many of you as possible to show the HUGE STRENGTH of Feeling that has built up across west London and wants to:   

We will assemble in Rockley Road, just south of Shepherds Bush Green, from 11am on Saturday 6th October, and start marching at 12noon. 

The march will move down SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD, across HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY, pausing on Butterwick continue down FULHAM PALACE ROAD, go past CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL, to LILLIE ROAD RECREATIONAL GROUND, where we will hold a:

RALLY from about 1pm until about 2pm.

Speakers from across the political spectrum and from the community will tell the marchers why they believe it is important that the whole community oppose these cuts across the whole of west London.

March Route Map

Emergency Departments in the UK


Emergency Departments

A major part of NHS North West London’s case for removing our A&E departments is that we have too many of them. As they have said themselves: “We have more A&E departments per head of population than other parts of the country and this makes it harder to ensure enough senior staff are available. (Pre-Consultation Business Case Vol 1, p51)

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