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SHA Central Council – 17th June 2017, 1.00 – 4.00 pm Unite HQ, London Minutes Present: Tony Beddow, Steve Bedser, Jos Bell, Lawrence Cotter, Helen Cranage, David Davies, Brian Fisher, Tom Fitzgerald, Brian Gibbons, Vivien Giladi, James Gill, Tony Jewell, Sina Lari, Irene Leonard, John Lipetz, Peter Mayer, Katrina Murray, Mike Roberts, Gavin Ross, Rosemary Ross, Onkar Sahota, Alex Scott-Samuel, Alison Scouller, Rene Smit, Andrew Thompson, Roy Trevelyan, Judith Varley, Vivien Walsh, Neil Nerva In attendance: Martin Rathfelder Apologies: Catharine Grundy, Gurinder Singh Josan, David Mattocks, Doug Naysmith, Aysha Raza. Jean Hardiman Smith, Fiona Twycross, Caroline Walsh 1 The Chair, Alex Scott-Samuel […]
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Jeremy Hunt’s weekend didn’t end well. The Secretary of State for Health probably hoped that the Save Lewisham Hospital victory would be something he could discard into the cobwebs of his memory. If you watch him closely he always swallows hard when the word ‘Lewisham’ is mentioned – a sure sign of residual tension. From now on he will be reminded of his most famous defeat so far, every time he steps up to the dispatch box, with the appointment of Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Health. The former party Whip is […]
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This is taken from Jos Bell’s blog on the SHA London website. The Clive Efford Bill is a Private Members Bill. It has limited reach – but that having been said, it is small and mighty, for it tackles some of the most contentious areas of the Health & Social Care Bill. Private members bills are essentially a lottery. Members chuck in a topic and then a proportion are chosen – not by topic, but by names being drawn like rabbits out of hats. Thus they are not a planned part of the legislatory calendar. Some are seeing the Efford […]
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Dear Reader If you happened to have taken a peek at an earlier post you may have been moved to think that a. Section 75 is already lost b. it doesn’t really matter anyway However, I would urge you to pay good attention to Lord Phil Hunt in this regard. As Shadow Health Lead in the Lords he has taken the initiative to request and obtain the vital Pray Debate which takes place on Wednesday 24th. IF WON, THIS VOTE CANNOT BE OVERTURNED BY THE COMMONS. SECTION 75 RALLY, 26th MARCH Far from being an ‘it will make little difference’ […]
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Monday 28th October will be the date when, just like Wallace,     Mr Rory Phillips QC got up and put on the wrong trousers. Then search as he might, there was no sight nor sound of Grommit coming to the rescue. We now know that Lewisham has secured an historic 3 Minute Verdict victory and that Jeremy Hunt has told the Commons that he will ‘ respect the Courts as the final arbiter of what the law means.’ – accepting the Court’s decision instead of continuing to try to bend and break it to his own agenda, Dame Joan Ruddock (Lewisham/Deptford) […]
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As the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and Lewisham Borough Council await the results of their joint judicial reviews against the government’s plans to demolish 60% of the existing buildings and replace them with a high rise development whilst downgrading the remainder, SHA readers may like to gain an overview of the High Court proceedings … the result is expected within the next 3 weeks http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/jos-bell/has-jeremy-hunt-acted-outside-law http://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/jos-bell/has-jeremy-hunt-acted-outside-law-part-2

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On September 26th Lewisham Council passed a motion pledging to protect the NHS. Two months later, on the evening of Wednesday, 28th November – three spaces, three places, taken up with close to a thousand people all focused upon one thing – the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. The fact that the borough is palpably reeling with shock is reflected in the comment made by Dr John Lister of London Health Emergency who told us that this is the largest campaign he has ever seen – and noted how quickly it had come together. Just 4 days after the March of […]
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