ourNHS

Hospital closure clause - day of action 27th February

Fight to protect your local hospital from fast-track closure! A day of action in London on Thursday 27th February.

OurNHS
24 February 2014
HuntVulture_0.jpg

Image: Martin Rowson. All rights reserved.

Please join us in Westminster tomorrow (Thursday 27th February) for a day of protest against the Hospital Closure Clause (Clause 119).

The Clause allows fast-track hospital closures to be imposed by the Health Secretary regardless of local wishes. Closures could happen in as little as 40 days, regardless of how well hospitals are performing. They tried and failed to close Lewisham A&E and maternity in this way - but now they want to legalise this fast-track closure everywhere else in the country.

Come together with campaigners from across the country, let your voice be heard, and and hear speakers including:

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP

Michael Mansfield QC

Louise Irvine from Save Lewisham Hospital and National Health Action Party

Kailash Chand Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association

Lord Phil Hunt

Caroline Lucas MP

Dr Wendy Savage of Keep Our NHS Public

Dr David Wrigley,BMA

Caroline Molloy, Editor of OurNHS

and more

Join us in Whitehall at 10.30 am when our 150,000-strong petition is presented at No10 Downing St.

Then we will rally from 11.30am on College Green (opposite the Houses of Parliament) before going into parliament. 

If you contact your MP in advance saying you'd like to lobby them, you can join us when we go into parliament for the main speeches. 

Everyone is welcome to the petition hand-in and rally.

If you can''t make it down to London on Thursday but want to make your views known, more information and sample letters are here

The clause (part of the Care Bill) is due to be voted on finally in a couple of weeks.

Hope to see you tomorrow - we must speak out now to protect our hospitals.

 

OurNHS relies on readers donations to enable us to continue our campaigning and journalism in support of the NHS. 

Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

As COVID rates across the country surge, how can we hold our leaders accountable? Meet the lawyers, journalists and politicians leading the charge in our free live discussion on Thursday 1 October at 5pm UK time.

Hear from:

Dawn Butler Labour MP for Brent Central and member of the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology

Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy, and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Jolyon Maugham Barrister and founder of the Good Law Project.

Peter Smith Procurement expert and author of 'Bad Buying: How Organisations Waste Billions through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups'

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData