LOBBY SOUTHEND NHS CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)
Thursday 27th March – meet 1pm outside Suffolk House, Baxter Avenue, Southend, SS2 6HZ
Last year, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (who decide what NHS services will be delivered) wanted to hive off blood and other pathology tests to a centre in Bedford. Public opinion fought that off – but now they’re back for more. This time, the labs at Southend and Basildon Hospitals will be run down to deliver an ‘urgent’ service, while a company called IPP, which includes a private sector ‘partner’, will build a new testing centre ‘between Southend and Basildon’.
The private sector are only interested when they can make a profit – from our services! How long will it be before the excellent hospital labs close for good? How long before gridlock on the A127 or the A13 delays an urgent test? According to the Echo, the new centre won’t just look for work locally – how long before a local service is sacrificed to turning a profit?
There will be cuts to staffing in the new service. That’s what this is about – cuts to funding our NHS and private companies in by the back door. You can download our petition here and a leaflet by Keep Our NHS Public here.
Protest and Debate – Save our NHS!
Meet 1pm, Thursday 28th November outside Suffolk House, Baxter Avenue, Southend
The Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (which runs local NHS services) is having a public discussion about the NHS, led by NHS on a national basis, calling on the” staff, public and politicians to help NHS meet future demand and tackle the funding gap through honest and realistic debate.”
The meeting starts at 1:30pm at Suffolk House in Baxter Avenue.
The public will be allowed to debate the subject for about an hour before the board goes on with its other
Supporters of Southend Against The Cuts and Keep Our NHS Public will meet outside at 1pm to demonstrate our opposition to cuts and privatisation – the debate shouldn’t just be about what is cut but about building a better NHS for all! Those who are able to stay will then take our message into the meeting.
Keep Delaware and Priory Open! Lobby Southend Council’s Scrutiny Committee
Meet 5:45pm, Tuesday 26th November, front steps of Civic Centre.
Southend Council’s recent Cabinet meeting did not overturn proposals for the closures of either home or changes for the day centre.
However the scrutiny committee on the 26th November at 6.30pm could refer these proposals back to the cabinet meeting, which could at least delay the implementation and give a chance for further pressure.
Obviously any rejection of proposals and reference back will be influenced by all the questions, queries and letters sent in plus Cllr Woodley’s’ proposals.
To support reference back and to follow up from the successful Vigils, Unison is calling a lobby of the scrutiny committee meeting.
We want to help keep the campaign profile up and the pressure on those that are making the decisions.
Candlelight vigil at Priory House at 4:30pm on Friday 15th November.
Priory House is off Prittlewell Chase just up from Fairfax Drive (next to the old driving test centre).
As part of the campaign to stop Southend Council closing Priory House and Delaware House Residential Homes and Priory Day Centre, we are asking for support for this evening protest.
The Echo will be present at 4:30pm for a photoshoot so please support this event if you can. The Council’s Cabinet meets next week to consider their plans, so we want to keep the campaign in the news!
The vigil is supported by Unison as well as by residents’ families. A similar protest is planned at Delaware House next week – details to be circulated.