NHS Birthday – 5 July. Look at our photos as we delivered cakes to NHS staff to say happy birthday to the NHS and thank you to them for all their hard work, doing hours of unpaid overtime to keep us safe despite the under-funding of the NHS
Public provision of the local NHS 111 / Out Hours Service
The new contract for the delivery of this service started in October 2016. It was previously provided by a large private company. We galvanized local people to express their view on the service, including a petition to the clinical Commissioning Group. We worked as members of the public to influence the contract specification so that it stressed local knowledge, integration with local GP services, and quality as well as cost. The new contract was awarded to a not-for-profit consortium of GPs.
Supporting the junior doctors
We campaigned on the picket line at the Whittington hospital in support of the junior doctors campaign against to contract that Jeremy Hunt sought to impose. We had stalls at the Nags Head and Angel shopping centres to get a petition to our local hospitals signed asking them not to enforce the contract. We collected over 1000 signatures, including those of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP.
Opposing the Sustainability and Transformation Plans for North Central London
We are working with other campaign groups in Camden, Haringey, Enfield and Barnet to oppose the planned £900m cuts which the government hopes to introduce across these five boroughs. The five boroughs in North Central London make up one of 44 ‘footprints’ across the whole country where similar buts are being imposed. The UK spends a lot less as a proportion of GDP on health than other comparable countries. If we spent the same proportion of GDP as France and Germany, we would have another £30bn per year and this would allow us to have the kind of NHS we expect..
We gave evidence to the joint health overview and scrutiny committee of the five boroughs on 30 September. Read our evidence.
Join us at our public meeting we are holding on 15 November in Islington Town Hall at 7.30