Activists hand in closures petition
Campaigners against the planned closure of half the A&Es in north west London delivered petitions signed by over 60,000 to stop the cuts. Around 50 activists delivered the petitions to North West London NHS headquarters last week.
Stop the sale of our ambulance service
Some 120 packed into a campaign launch meeting against plans to sell the NHS Ambulance Patient Transport Service in Greater Manchester to private bus company Arriva.
An ambulance worker told Socialist Worker, “I joined an ambulance service, not a bus company”. And huge closures are planned.
Some 12 hospitals across Greater Manchester currently have an A&E. But NHS bosses want to cut these down to between five and seven. This means five to seven face closure.
NHS board keeps services public
The Board of NHS Gloucestershire decided this week not to go ahead with a transfer of NHS services to a private firm. Some 96 percent of people had voted for the services to be transferred to an NHS community trust in a public consultation.