Saturday, 1 December 2012

NHS resistance events this week

Attached is the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group leaflet advertising a protest on Monday December 3rd against even tighter DWP rules against the PROVEN sick. 
Apologies for the short notice, but please support if you can.

REMINDER: Next Brent Fightback meeting Tuesday December 4th 7.30 pm at Brent Trades Hall, 375 High Rd, Willesden NW10 2JR

Events this week
Wednesday 5th December: The Chancellor's Autumn Statement
March from King's College, Strand assembling 5.30 pm to Downing St for a rally at 6.00 pm Called by UCU London Region, hosted by Unite the Resistance.

Thursday December 6th Meeting for Health Workers and Health Service Campaigners 6.00 - 8.00 pm Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster Bridge. This meeting will unite campaigners from across NW London, Lewisham and other health campaigns to discuss the way forward in the fight to defend our NHS. Room booked by Andy Slaughter MP. Make sure you allow time to get through security.

NW London Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts will be meeting from 4.00 pm at Central Hall Westminster. Documents for the meeting - which bring the decisions on the Shaping a Healthier Future "consultation" up to date -  can be downloaded from the Shaping a Healthier Future website
There is space on the agenda for questions from the public, but not until 5.30 pm. We plan to ask for it to be taken earlier as we will have to leave at 5.30 pm.

Saturday 8th December "CASUALTY CONVOY" organised by Ealing Trades Council - cars decorated with Save Our Hospitals posters will drive past the four threatened hospitals. Organiser Oliver New writes:
Assembly Point Please arrive by 11..00am in the Hayes Bridge Retail Park. 
To get there drive down the Uxbridge Road through Southall Broadway (it won't be too busy at that time) towards Hayes. Just as you leave Southall you will go over a canal bridge. Turn left at the traffic lights into the Hayes Bridge shopping outlet - you will see Currys/PC World on the corner. (Alternatively, if you are coming via the M4, take the Hayes bypass and signs for Southall, just before Southall turn right when you see Currys/PC World.)  Enter the shopping outlet and park your car insideon the left. This place is always unoccupied.  Here we will put posters on the cars, using masking tape of the type used in car body shops.  The posters are bright and the designs are as attached to this e-mail in the 'all posters' PDF.
If you are coming by bus, take the 207 and get off at the Hayes Bridge stop. (If you want to come early for shopping, this retail park includes Currys/PC World, Staples, Halfords and furniture shops.)
What you will need  A car, with enough petrol in it, preferably at least one passenger who can read a map and keep up good spirits.  You might also want to bring a whistle for making a noise, or even a loud hailer if you have one.  You might want a bottle of water or a sandwich as we will be driving though lucnch time. Our trial run on a Saturday took about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
If a traffic light goes red, don't worry or crash the lights to keep up. You will be given a map and a route so we will all go the same way, even if we get a bit spread out at times. We will all be very noticeable with our posters and we will toot and whistle etc (obviously not to the extent of becoming aggressive or counter productive.)
The Route Led by our hired lorry, we are going to head off down the Uxbridge Road, though Southall (beep beep!) and past Ealing Hospital (Save Our Hospitals! Save Our Hospitals!), through Ealing (beep beep SOH, SOH). The convoy should stay together during this part. We will turn left into the North Circular and up to the Hanger Lane gyrator where we will turn right into Twyford Abbey Road, where we will pause to regroup. From there we will drive past Central Middlesex and then Hammersmith Hospital (beep beep SOH etc). From there we will go down Wood Lane, round Sheperds Bush, down to Hammersmith curl round North End Road, Lillie Road, past Charing Cross Hospital, back to Hammersmith, down the Chiswick High Road and regroup/debrief in Bollo Lane, Acton. We fully expect to be spread out during the second half of all this, but the brightly coloured posters and a bit of beeping will make local people highly aware that we are THE SAVE OUR HOSPITALS CASUALTY CONVOY!
We will  pass thousands of local people, Christmas shoppers as well as the four threatened hospitals.  We will probably be on loads of facebook photos and get into the local press.
So thanks for your support - it's not to late to tell friends. 
Toot toot for now!
Oliver New

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