May 132013
 

DEFEND LONDON’S NHS

●Save Our Hospitals

●No to Privatisation

DEMONSTRATION

SATURDAY 18 MAY

12 noon Jubilee Gardens, Waterloo

Belvedere Rd, SE1

Join BAPS contingent:

Meet 10:30 for 11 set off, outside Finchley Central tube station

OR

Watch out for Barnet Alliance banner in the assembly point, Jubilee Gardens.

Appeal from the organisers:

PLEASE HELP IN THE FINAL WEEK!

DEFEND LONDON’S NHS DEMONSTRATION 

SATURDAY 18 MAY 12 noon

Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1

 

REMINDER 

LONDON COORDINATING MEETING  + DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT NEXT

TUESDAY 14 MAY 6.30pm

Camden Town Hall Judd St WC1 (Kings X Tube)

 

LATEST SUPPORT FOR DEMO 

Includes London Regions of Unison and RCN 

See full list here:      http://defendlondonsnhs.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/121307804726666/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

 

LEAFLETS, POSTERS & POSTCARDS

There are still some postcards to publicise the demonstration available. You can also download black and white leaflets and posters here:

A5 Leaflet

http://defendlondonsnhs.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/18_may_bw-a5-updated-pdf.pdf

A3 Poster

http://defendlondonsnhs.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/18_may_poster_bw.pdf

 

STEWARDS URGENTLY NEEDED

If you or your group can volunteer as stewards please let us know as soon as possible.

Please can stewards meet at 10:30am at Concert Hall Approach SE1 

 

CAN YOU HELP MAKE PLACARDS?

Please let us know if you could help make placards on Wednesday or Thursday 15/16 May.

 

PRESS

Can you get your local papers to cover the demonstration?

Do you have any local patients or others who it would be good to include in a London press release?

 

DONATIONS STILL URGENTLY NEEDED

We have managed to pay for the postcards through donations, but would like to be able to print posters, make  placards and hire a bus, so please do make a donation if you haven’t already.

Please send cheques to Camden Keep Our NHS Public c/o 32 Savernake Road, NW3 2JP

 

More information from   http://defendlondonsnhs.wordpress.com/  and www.keepournhspublic.com

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REMINDERS:

Tuesday 14 May 2013, 6:30 pm, Greek Cypriot Centre, Britannia Road N12 9RU

FREE Recruitment & Fundraising training, by an experienced trainer – ALL WELCOME

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Tuesday 21 May 2013, 7-9 pm, Greek Cypriot Centre, Britannia Road N12 9RU

Public Meeting: BARNET NHS UNDER THREAT?

Speakers include:

David Lawrence & Anne Summers from The Nationsl Health Action Party (NHAP)

Linda Peanberg King (38 Degrees)

John Morton, Chief Operating Officer, Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Dr Onkar Sahota (GP & Save our Hospitals)

NEW:

Saturday 1st June, 2-5 pm, Larches House,  1 Rectory Lane, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7LF

FREE Public Speaking training, by a professional trainer – ALL WELCOME

 

Follow @BarnetAlliance

barnetalliance.org

 

May 022013
 

On 1st May the local Times (Hendon and Finchley, Barnet and Potters Bar, Edgeware and Mill Hill) newspaper published a Headline on the Barnet case taken by Maria Nash against the Capita contract for the privatisation of Barnet local authority services.  It said:

“One Barnet campaigner Maria Nash handed more taxpayer funding to continue High Court fight”

 This was a scandalous and pejorative statement written by the chief reporter Chris Hewitt. Even the local Times may be Tory Blue , but such headlines are surely an insult to balanced reporting everywhere. Nowhere did this piece state what the problems with the outsourcing would be, nowhere did it state the facts of the issue, or the problems outsourcing of council services had brought previously. Instead preferring to deal with sensationalist vitriol on an exercise of democracy, in an era where democracy is harder and harder to find. The piece went on to say:

‘A campaigner fighting Barnet Council’s multi-million pound outsourcing scheme has been granted more taxpayer funding to continue her legal battle…Following a three-day hearing in March, which cost the taxpayer more than £500,000…’

The piece can be seen in full at the link below

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/10392566.One_Barnet_campaigner_handed_more_taxpayer_funding/?ref=twtrec

 What this is really about

Well this could be about tax payers money in bailing out yet another private company, should the worst happen and Capita do take over services. It will leave the people of Barnet in a worse position than now with social care provision, cut backs and based on Capita’s previous form : increasing debts. DPAC applauds Maria Nash and Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS).  As we have previously  said:

“DPAC fully supports the campaign to oppose the privatisation of public services in Barnet.

What is happening in Barnet is important to everyone because Barnet is only just the beginning and if this is allowed to happen in one area it could happen anywhere.

Disabled people have fought long and hard for public sector duties to promote our rights, and privatisation will cynically evade responsibilities towards equality and inclusion.

Where private companies are squeezing profit out of already under funded services the result can only be sub standard services. For disabled people who rely on services that means people’s lives on the line.

Disabled people have seen the care that private companies have for us from our experiences with the Work Capability Assessment where they compete for contracts to profit out of pushing disabled people into poverty.

In Banstead last week a disabled older woman unable to leave her bed died after her outsourced care agency was shut down and she was left completely without the support her life depended on.

Selling Barnet public services to Capita will mean more tragic stories and less accountability. It must be opposed.

We ask you to complain to the writer of the piece and to the newspaper itself.

Chief reporter
Chris Hewett
07824 530136
chewett@london.newsquest.co.uk @TimesChewit1987

Group editor
Martin Buhagiar
mbuhagiar@london.newsquest.co.uk @TimesIndyEditor

Letters to the Editor

Email:

timesletters@london.newsquest.co.uk

Letters should be as short as possible and will be considered for publication only if accompanied by your name and address (anonymity can be requested). Letters may appear in print and online, where Newsquest’s internet policy applies.

May be we could send Chris and co some real facts on Barnet too- see the brilliant video below

 https://dpac.uk.net/2013/02/urgent-stop-captia-10-years-plus-contract-for-council-services-in-barnet/

Read BAPs press release

https://dpac.uk.net/2013/04/one-barnet-judicial-review-the-fight-against-undemocratic-outsourcing-goes-on/

Or read what Phillip Rackham says

https://dpac.uk.net/2013/03/barnet-springif-you-dont-fight-back-you-dont-get-anywhere-interview-with-philip-rackham/

Finally please support BAPs at

http://barnetalliance.org/