Cowal Against The Cuts in Health Services (CATCHES)
The group started campaigning in mid 2004 in opposition to Argyll and Clyde's plans to cut their deficits. There have been six well attended public meetings across the area with stalls at various events and enormous support from the local paper. The group has joined the Scottish Health Campaign Network and through it has meetings with the Secretary For Health at six monthly intervals. CATCHES has also been invited to have representation on the local redesign group for Dunoon Hospital, the Public Participation Forum and to have a member on the Argyll and Bute CHP.
CATCHES is represented on the Cowal Community Care Forum and also on the eHealth Working Group for Argyll and Bute CHP. The group is also being called to represent Cowal on a number of the patient groups of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board from whom the people of Cowal get the majority of their secondary and tertiary care.
CATCHES continues to campaign for adequate ambulance provision for rural areas in general and Cowal in particular.
Contact: Kenneth Barr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Aboyne Maternity
The group formed to fight proposed closure of the Midwife Led Unit in Aboyne.
The local Community Health Partnership (CHP) of NHS managers is currently restricting the service offered in Aboyne, particularly in post-natal care, and are proposing closure of the unit. Groups in Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Banff are fighting similar battles, with Insch and Huntly having lost their units already.
Organisations such as UNICEF, The Royal College of Midwives and the Scottish Executive all favour decentralised, low-tech care where possible. This enables women to have a more positive birth experience, encourages breast feeding, reduces the need for medical intervention and supports community health in the long term - all while saving the NHS money.
Save Monklands A&E
The closure of the Monklands Accident & Emergency department may have been approved by the Scottish Executive, but with Scottish parliamentary elections due on 3 May 2007, campaigners are hoping that they they can convert the 50,000 signatures on their petition into 50,000 voters opposed to the closure. If electoral success was achieved, the closure plans might yet be reversed.
Contact: Mev Brown - http://www.savemonklandsa-e.org.uk/index.php?option=com_contact&Itemid=3, 0131 468 2007
Scottish Health Campaigns Network
The SHCN represents communities throughout Scotland which have various health issues and serves as a collective voice for these groups.
The seeds of the organisation were sown in the northern suburbs of Glasgow, as residents reacted to the on-going loss of services at Stobhill Hospital as it approached its hundredth birthday.
Despite public meetings, marches and the delivery of petitions to successive health ministers at the Scottish Parliament, no progress was achieved in arresting this trend. As a last resort, it was decided to exert pressure by political means.
Contact: Malcolm Allan, Media contact SHCN - email@example.com
Stop the Downgrade Campaign
Stop the Downgrade campaigns to prevent the removal of services from St John's Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian.
As the campaign continues, it has raised the profile of the issues. At the last local elections in West Lothian, three councillors were elected directly on a mandate to prevent further service removals from the hospital (successfully achieved) and restore the future of the hospital as an acute emergency hospital (watch this space).