Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Save Lewisham Hospital Conference
Well we might have saved Lewisham Hospital from closure of key services and downgrading in 2013, but NHS services everywhere are under threat from funding cuts and more. Next month Save Lewisham Hospital campaign is holding a conference at Goldsmiths in New Cross. They say:
'Why is our NHS under threat and what can we do to defend it?
Our NHS is under threat as never before: hospitals, GPs, mental health services are all struggling due to underfunding and lack of staff. Devastating social care cuts add to the pressures. Privatisation is causing worse care and wasting resources.
The NHS faces £billions of cuts annuallly. 60% of hospitals are in deficit, made worse by extortionate PFI debts. Many hospitals around the country are under threat of closure. NHS staff morale is low, with pay cuts and longer anti-social hours. The NHS, one of the best health care systems in the world, is being underfunded and broken up, and Tory politicians are claiming it’s unsustainable and calling for charges and more privatisation.
But we can fight back. From junior doctors to the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and other campaigns around the country, it’s clear that we don’t just have to accept what is happening to the NHS.
Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign is organising a day of talks and discussions aimed at helping us understand better the threats facing the NHS.
Heidi Alexander, Shadow Health Minister and East Lewisham MP (will open the conference)
John Lister,London Health Emergency
Dr Gurjinder Sandhu, Ealing Hospital
Dr John O’Donohue, Lewisham Hospital
A Junior Doctor (person TBC)
Anne Drinkell, Community matron, West London
Dr Brian Fisher, Lewisham GP
Jane Mandlik, Lewisham Pensioners' Forum and Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign
Peter Roderick, Lawyer, Drafter of NHS Reinstatement Bill
Saturday, 5 December 2015 from 10:30 to 16:00, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths University, Lewisham Way. New Cross SE14 6NW'