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Promoting the preservation of the NHS in Milton Keynes and throughout the country.
Banbury, Keep The Horton General
After considerable campaigning, in March 2008 the Independent Reconfiguration Panel completely rejected the proposals to downgrade obstetrics, paedeatrics, gynaecology and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Horton. This seems to be the most comprehensive rejection of proposals in the IRP's history.
Campaigners will now sit down with the PCT and the Trust to work out how services can be maintained in the face of the problems caused by the
Modernising Medical Careers project and the European Working Time Directive. See the IRP press release.
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Contact: Kate Spencer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton Keep Our NHS Public
Brighton KONP launched in September 2006. In addition to opposition to a nationwide drive to privatisation of the NHS, there were strong concerns over the new independent sector treatment centre in nearby Haywards Heath, and the impact that might have on health services in Brighton. Major cuts at the Royal Sussex County Hospital are underway.
The group has held public meetings and a demonstration, and made representations to the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee. They have also been active at party conferences held in the area.
Sussex Defend the NHS
Sussex Defend the NHS has in excess of 1500 people on its contact lists and a big following on Facebook and Twitter. It is a member of and has the support of the Brighton and Hove People’s Assembly, the Sussex Trade Union Network and a number of local unions including the GMB, UCU and NUJ. In conjunction with the GMB union it has organised public meetings, stalls, marches and demonstrations, pledge campaigns for politicians, hustings, dramas and film shows.
Campaign to Save the Community Hospitals
The campaign was formed to protect the community hospitals at Abingdon, Didcot, Henley, Wallingford and Wantage from closure, demanding that they should continue to operate with full services. A letter writing campaign to the PCT and Secretary of State is underway, and many thousands of petition signatures have been collected.Contact: Abingdon Town Council - email@example.com. Tel. 01235 522642. Cllr Alison Rooke tel. 01235 522508
Website: Abingdon Town Council website
Community Care Protection Group
The Community Care Protection Group was formed in 1995. It is a grassroots campaigning, voluntary group, consisting of carers past and present, users, disabled people, pensioners and medical staff.
CCPG is dedicated to safeguarding the basic rights of all to have CARE AND SUPPORT; based on need; regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin or religion whether that need is within the NHS or within the wider local community. The group aims also to inform and educate others of their basic rights, to increase their understanding and to give them confidence to question decisions made about care (their own or that of a loved one) from social services or the NHS. CCPG is non political, but works with MPs or councillors of all parties when campaigning on local or national issues.
Contact: Maria Goldenberg - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 01689 858870
Crawley Keep Our NHS Public
Crawley KONP launched formally in September 2006 following proposals under the "Fit for the Future" review which include Crawley Hospital having "no surgery or general medicine" but retaining "services for urgent treatment, outpatients and care of the elderly". Becky O'Gorman of Crawley KONP has previously taken the campaign to Westminster when she presented a 30,000 name petition to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
Contact: Zena Dodgson - email@example.com
Dacorum Hospital Action Group
The group was formed in 1975 in order to lobby for the building of a hospital in the Dacorum district, which had been promised but not delivered. Over the years, numerous petitions calling for the protection of NHS services in the Hemel Hempstead area have been credited with helping to build the support necessary to effectively oppose hospital closure. Persistent campaigning was eventually followed by expanded hospital services in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and a St Albans action group linked up with DHCG to better co-ordinate the campaigns. With Hemel Hempstead now faced with losing all its acute services, including the A&E Dept and children's ward, the fight against threatened cuts goes on.
DHAG activities have included holding public meetings, rallies and marches, attending public meetings of Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Patients Forums and Community Health Councils and Overview & Scrutiny Committees. The group has been consistent in responding to each consultation document relating to healthcare provision in West Herts and beyond and in keeping the public informed, with leafleting and through the local press and radio. Additionally, signatures have been collected for petitions to Health Authorities, Department of Health and Parliament via local MPs. Letter writing campaigns to government departments, health authorities and the press have also proved useful.
Contact: Mrs Zena Bullmore - tel. 01442 259437; Mrs E Glatter - firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 01442 25444
Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public
Oxfordshire KONP was launched out of local campaign PFI Alert. Mass leafleting of workplaces, meetings, individual contacts, letter writing and petitions have all been used to get the support of NHS staff, user groups and the public, and help to organise further activity.
Contact: Helen Groom - email@example.com
Richmond Upon Thames Forum For Older People
The Forum has been very involved in discussions with local NHS bodies such as Richmond PCT resulting in the resolution of particular issues e.g. chiropody patient waiting times. Members also attend meetings of the PPIH Forum.
Contact: Jan Marriott - tel. 020 8941 2878
Save The DGH (District General Hospital) Campaign
Success! The battle to save maternity services at Eastbourne and Hastings was won in September 08 when the Independent Reconfiguration Panel recommended that the services be retained at both the Conquest in Hastings and the Eastbourne District General Hospital.
The campaign started in March 2006 in response to Eastbourne District General Hospital's maternity unit being threatened with the transfer of services to Hastings. An early protest march and rally attracted over 5,000 local people and a petition was circulated with many thousands of signatures. There have been various small protests outside (and some presence inside) NHS consultation meetings. The campaign group has been in communication with the local overview and scrutiny committee.
The group is not politically aligned, and all political parties in Eastbourne and District are united in the cause to stop any downgrade of core services at Eastbourne District General Hospital. Save the DGH wants to play a key part in maintaining and even improving the services provided at the local hospital.
Southampton Keep Our NHS Public
Contact: Amy Elliot - firstname.lastname@example.org
Southend Keep Our NHS Public
Southend KONP was formed in April 2006 following a public meeting organised by the Southend PPIF at which the Primary Care Trusts reported on their current state and their plans for the future. Opposition to Southend Hospital aiming to become a foundation hospital was one of the issues, which was opposed at the meeting and helped kickstart an appeal for the formation of a KONP branch in Southend.
In addition to a proposed superclinic at Temple Sutton Primary School, the SE Essex Primary Care Trust commissioned a new health centre at Leigh on Sea, the Leigh Primary Care Centre, and the Central Canvey Primary Care Centre for Canvey Island, due to open in March 2009. It is also proposing to build a new primary care centre in Shoebury.
With consulting rooms in the Leigh Primary Care Centre remaining empty six months after the centre opened, Southend KONP wrote to the local press questioning why the primary care centre was commissioned without ascertaining the requirements of local GPs in the area for consulting rooms.
The PCT now proposes to close a health centre, Shoebury House and Thorpedene Clinic and to build a new primary care centre in Gunners Park, Shoebury. This centre would in addition to housing GP surgeries also provide blood taking, midwifery, district nurse and NHS dentistry services. At a public consultation meeting in the area, many of the residents were opposed to the proposed primary care centre as they feared the easy access to their GP surgeries, which they enjoy at present would disappear if GP clinics were all centralised in the new centre. They felt that ancillary services could be accommodated in a smaller purpose built centre.
Southend KONP distributed leaflets at the meeting, supporting the residents opposed to the primary care centre as proposed by SE Essex PCT.
Townlands Action Group
Twelve months ago Townlands was faced with imminent closure. Now the campaign group is guardedly optimistic that the hospital will not only be kept open but will also undergo much-needed redevelopment. A consultant’s report has shown that several independent healthcare providers would be very keen to redevelop Townlands. This would provide modern facilities needed by the community, local doctors and the primary care trust. Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital has also shown an interest in a Townlands redevelopment. This could be complementary to working with an independent health provider.
The group's continued aim is to ensure that services at Townlands will continue to be NHS funded and free at the point of delivery. Contact with the newly formed primary care trust continues and town councillors have recently met its chief executive in what has been described as a very positive meeting. Local people should be involved at all stages and the group is looking at the possibilities of Henley community ownership of a part of the Townlands site and involvement in the future administration of the hospital.
Contact: Louise Hastings - email@example.com