Yorkshire and the Humber
Beverley Health Action Group
Allied to the numerous other health action groups and associated campaigns in the East Riding of Yorkshire PCT region (e.g. Hornsea, Holderness, Bridlington, Driffield, Withernsea) BHAG is campaigning to keep open all community hospitals in the area.
Contact: Beverley Willson - firstname.lastname@example.org
East Riding Hospitals Action Group
The action group was formed in February 2007 by campaign groups across the region joining forces to present a united front against proposed changes to local services.
Contact: Graham Stuart MP for Beverley and Holderness - email@example.com. Tel. 020 7219 4340
Holderness Hospitals Action Group
The HHAG protests against proposals by the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust to remove beds and reduce services at community hospitals.
Contact: Cllr Polly Worsdale - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 01964 534302
Improve North Yorks NHS Services Campaign Group (formerly Save Scarborough Hospital Campaign and Save our GPs Surgeries Campaign)
At July 2008 the campaign group is involved in the opposition to Lord Darzi's proposed polyclinics, one of which is thought to be intended for Scarborough. The campaign suspects that existing services (including GP surgeries) will have to endure further cuts to fund the new polyclinic. With consultation in the form of roadshows currently in progress, the local populace is being mobilised to express their opposition to what is seen as a bureaucratic waste of money.
Contact: Jon Palethorpe - email@example.com. Tel. 01723 370794/07944 800648.
Leeds Hospital Alert
Leeds Hospital Alert has been campaigning for the NHS in Leeds for many years. It is accepted by Leeds health policy-makers and by the media as an independent organisation with an extensive knowledge of health issues in Leeds.
Hospital alert is also concerned about, and campaigning around, these particular issues in the Leeds area:
- GP services for Chapeltown, Harehills, City Centre and Holbeck are now going to be provided by a private conglomerate One Medicare
The lack of NHS dental provision in the city out of hours services
The continuing privatisation of the NHS by stealth
Continued need to monitor the Becklin Centre
Care for the staff of the NHS
Contact: Beatrice Rogers - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 0113 2785495
Leeds Keep Our NHS Public
Leeds Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) group is seeking to highlight the issue of the sale of NHS property and land. Hospital Trusts and other NHS agencies are using land and property sales to solve short term financial deficits.
In recent years Leeds has seen the closure of two major hospital sites at High Royds and Chapel Allerton and many smaller units. Current plans from the 'Making Leeds Better' project look towards the closure and sale of parts of the LGI, Seacroft Hospital and others as a way of financing further expansion at Jimmy's. Unfortunately it is not the case of simply moving resources to improve efficiency as money will be reinvested via the PFI scheme for any new build and so lost to private sector profit. Unlike the current arrangements PFI or LIFT is a 25-30 year mortgage at the end of which the private contractor, not the NHS, gets to keep the building. Public consultations on these proposals are starting soon and Leeds KONP wants to highlight the real costs associated with the project to the broader public.
Contact: Michael Fenwick - email@example.com. Tel. 07900 477400
Save Bridlington Hospital
The campaign group started up in October 2002 in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, with the aim of preventing the closure of services within the East Yorkshire area and making sure the public get the service they pay for with their taxes. Particular campaign aims have included the defence of doctors' and nurses' jobs and the prevention of carpark charge rises. Support has been forthcoming from the media, councillors, the trade union Amicus and MPs.
As a result of the concerted local opposition to the planned downgrading of the hospital, those plans have now been abandoned. However, with many hospital wards still under threat, and a March 2007 announcement of proposed cuts in mental healthcare at the hospital, in June Bridlington town council passed a motion of no confidence in Scarborough NHS Healthcare Trust following representations from Mick Pilling of the Save Bridlington Hospital campaign. With the growing support of both the local council and the general public, the necessity of the campaign continues.Following the local elections in May 2007, the campaign has issued a letter to local councillors. While the letter is necessarily concerned with local issues, it could give ideas for similar letters in your own area.
Many services at Bridlington & District Hospital have now been removed to Scarborough. Over the last few years Bridlington has lost its minor injuries unit and nurse practitioners, a mental health ward, maternity services, the cardiac monitoring unit and recently all acute medical services.
The Save Bridlington Hospital Action Group will continue with its campaign for better NHS services and to monitor patients' progress whilst they are taken to Scarborough A&E.
See the campaign's website for a questionnaire about attitudes to changes at Bridlington Hospital, the results of which will be sent to the Secretary of State.
Contact: Mick Pilling - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 01262 671926; 07949 228536
Save Huddersfield NHS
Save Huddersfield NHS covers Huddersfield but the group has taken up issues in the surrounding area, and national issues also. The group was set up in October 2005 soon after the announcement of plans to reconfigure NHS services in Kirklees and Calderdale as outlined in the 'looking to the future' consultation document produced by the local acute trust in conjunction with the PCTs.
There have been four local demonstrations to date, the largest attended by 2,000 people. Additionally, 50,000 petition signatures have been collected and sent to the PCT, a letter writing campaign is in progress, and lobbying of MPs and councillors has called on the council to hold a referendum. The group also lobbied PCT meetings and attended consultation meetings, and has given evidence to the Overview and Scrutiny committee and Independent Reconfiguration Panel. Local public meetings and monthly campaign organising meetings have all been well attended reflecting massive public support. Three candidates stood in local elections in May with one elected (Jackie Grunsell).
Contact: Dr Jackie Grunsell - email@example.com
Sheffield Keep Our NHS Public
The Sheffield KONP group started campaigning in October 2005, prompted by local ward closures. A march against ward closure has been held, supported by local unions. The group has also used stalls to help publicise issues people aren't always aware of. Marches have contributed to significant pressure on the Trusts. The scrutiny committee has been used with some success - namely a postponement of a closure.
Contact: William Ronksley - firstname.lastname@example.org