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Trump protests are counterproductive

Posted on: 6th June 2019

I understand why many chose to boycott or protest against Trump. However, I fear it’s counterproductive. It has the opposite effect to the one the protestors/boycotters desire. Trump may go back to the US with an impression he’s not universally adored throughout the UK, but he’ll have dominated the news and with sky-high public relations […]

Edward Hain – we need a hospital, not just a day centre!

Posted on: 1st April 2019

“Using Edward Hain Hospital as a day centre is just an attempt to save the embarrassment of the Conservative Government and local MPs. We want our Hospital back. With desperately needed inpatient beds and vital medical services.” Former MP and health campaigner Andrew George was commenting on news that the Edward Hain Pilot Project will […]


“Jam tomorrow” promise

Posted on: 14th February 2019

Meanwhile, it seems the “jam tomorrow” promise of £20 billion extra for the NHS in 2023/4 has taken attention away from the current crisis in our NHS. The 100,000 doctor, nurse and specialist vacancies, chronic debt and intolerable pressure on staff is happening now, while money is haemorrhaging into private companies which are free to […]


Comment on Edward Hain Hospital

Posted on: 23rd January 2019

Copy of my comment on the launch of the Edward Hain announcement: Though this doesn’t amount to the re-opening of Edward Hain as a Hospital with the inpatient beds our area desperately needs, this is nonetheless welcome. It’s now an Age UK Day Centre with important OT and Physio services. A welcome and an important […]


Let’s make 2019 a year of change for the better

Posted on: 2nd January 2019

A new year. But will it be a new dawn? We can of course hope, wish and pray. But let’s also WORK in 2019 to build a better future for young people. Health and Education Let’s save our NHS by halting the cuts and pressures. Stop private companies ‘cherry-picking’ the profitable bits. Put patients before […]

Migrant nurse surcharge hike – ‘morally bankrupt’, says RCN

Posted on: 31st December 2018

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that the fee for using NHS for nurses from outside the European Economic Area will double to £400 from tomorrow (Jan 2019). This will discourage nurse recruitment at exactly the time the NHS needs them most. RCN acting general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair: ‘These fees can tear […]


And a second pat on your back

Posted on: 9th November 2018

And a second pat on your back. Our strong campaign for honest funding to save our NHS is working. Though the Conservative Government hasn’t given our NHS anything close to what it needs at least their claims of extra funding shows that the penny has dropped. Public spending announcements are rarely reported clearly by the […]

Copy of a picture of campaign team with one of the regions MPs, former Health Minister Ben Bradshaw MP.

Chancellor must give our NHS the money the PM promised

Posted on: 29th October 2018

Following a successful lobby of Parliament last week, local NHS campaigners are calling on the Chancellor to give the NHS the £20 billion the Prime Minister promised. The cross/non-Party campaign met scores of MPs and pressed the case for the NHS to receive funding to help pay off the massive debt, release the intolerable pressure […]

News Update

Posted on: 25th October 2018

Our NHS has never faced greater threat nor been as debt-ridden in its 70 years than it is now. Yet Westminster is so preoccupied with Brexit, the impact of Universal Credit cuts and gossip about leadership challenges (assassinations even!) that it has almost forgotten why it should care about our NHS. I returned to the […]

Copy of a picture of campaign team with one of the regions MPs, former Health Minister Ben Bradshaw MP.

Thanks to those who supported our campaign for Honest & Fair funding to Save our NHS in Parliament yesterday.

Posted on: 23rd October 2018

Next week’s anticipated Budget is expected to offer an extra £3.4 billion next year. Welcome as it sounds, it won’t make up for the underfunding of recent years. Sadly that’s not even enough to pay off debt, meet the modest delayed pay settlements and maintain the service at the level it has declined to in […]