North West

Save Liverpool Women's Hospital



Keep Our NHS Public Greater Manchester

Campaigning to keep the NHS Public in Greater Manchester.

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Save Chorley and South Ribble A&E

Campaigning to re-open Chorley & South Ribble A&E 24/7 and the NHS from cuts, closures and privatisation.



We Need West Cumberland Hospital

This campaign group is fighting for services at our hospital in Whitehaven. We must have a 24/7 acute trauma A&E department, a Consultant led maternity unit and a fully functioning Children’s Ward along with services that other people in the country have access to and we will settle for nothing less.


Maghull Keep Our NHS Public

The group was set up in September 2006 at a well attended public meeting, in opposition to the proposed opening of an alternative provider medical service (APMS). Members of the PPI Forum have signed confidentiality agreements on grounds of commercial sensitivity, and are therefore prevented from discussing the plans in detail. The preferred bidder is understood to be Care UK. However, the PCT refuse to confirm this, again on the grounds of commercial sensitivity. The PCT claim that there is a problem with attracting GPs to the area despite an estimated 15 bids being made for the new practice.

A petition is being circulated around the community, and the group plans to present an estimated 1,000 signatures to the OSC. A campaign of letter writing to the PCT, councillors and the local MP, George Howarth, has also commenced. A lobby of George Howarth's next surgery is planned. The MP has been consistent in his support for the planned APMS.

The PCT chief executive, Leigh Griffin, has now said that perhaps there had not been adequate consultation and that a period of "consultation/information" will commence in January.

Contact: Jane Calveley -

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Maghull, Lydiate & South Sefton Action Group

The action group was formed in October 2006 to fight against the privatisation of GP surgeries in Maghull, Lydiate and South Sefton, proposed by the Primary Care Trust. Following a public meeting held at Lydiate Parish Hall on October 4th the group has now held numerous meetings and had various correspondence with the press, and the area has been extensively leafleted.

Following intense lobbying Sefton Primary Care Trust agreed to arrange three exhibitions and one public meeting announced in the local press. A public consultation was a legal requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2003 section 11 which the PCT had tried to avoid. The group attended all the PCT board meetings, council meetings and Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings and intends attending all the exhibition style meetings that the PCT proposes in order to ensure that they are totally honest with the public. If the the PCT proceeds down the path of Care UK establishing a surgery it will be vital that the public is kept fully informed.

Contact: Max Ferrie -

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Merseyside Keep Our NHS Public

Merseyside Keep Our NHS Public campaign is currently organising opposition to the franchising of a new local GP surgery to a corporate multinational private healthcare company. The group also supports local trade unionists and community campaigns to oppose cuts and privatisation throughout the area.

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Save our NHS Petitions - 38 Degrees

The campaign group '38 Degrees' have formulated several petitions, addressed to MPs in specific areas, to allow people to show their disagreement over privatisation and funding issues. Over the past few years, NHS funding has been squeezed so much that services are suffering. This winter, hospitals up and down the country have declared "major incidents" because they're struggling to cope. And now most hospitals are warning that their budget for next year has " reached the point where patient care is at risk. Meanwhile, the government is letting profit-hungry companies take over more and more NHS services. At at a time of squeezed budgets, this is the last thing the NHS needs. To add your name to a petition, find your nearest town below:


Worsley and Eccles South:


Bolton South East:

Hazel Grove: