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Campaigning outside Central Middlesex Hospital

This Saturday morning a group of TUSC supporters took the campaign to prevent the planned closure of Central Middlesex Hospital’s A&E department to the hospital itself. We collected dozens of names for our petition, which calls on Brent Council to oppose the planned cuts and actively build and coordinate a mass opposition with other councils, trade unions and anti-cuts organisations across NW London.

As well as receiving strong support from the general public, we met a local teacher and trade union activist from Harlesden, and a worker from the hospital who both agreed to help us leaflet for TUSC and build support for the demonstration against the A&E closure, called by Brent Fightback. TUSC support the demonstration wholeheartedly, however we also recognise that a demonstration in itself is not the end of the campaign – rather it is a step towards building a mass campaign amongst local communities, trade unions and socialists for a political alternative to the pro-big business agenda of the establishment parties. The details of the demonstration are as follows:

Defend NW London Health Services – SAVE CENTRAL MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL

Reopen our A & E with full 24 hour service – DEMONSTRATE

Saturday September 15th 2012
Assemble 12 noon at Harlesden Jubilee Clock
March via Stonebridge Hub to Central Middlesex Hospital

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THE TRADE Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was set-up in 2010 to enable trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to stand candidates against the pro-austerity establishment parties.

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  1. Excellent that you got such a good response outside CMH, but TUSC supporters would also be very welcome indeed to join Brent Fightback and the local campaign to save NW London’s health services every Saturday afternoon at the Jubilee Clock in Harlesden and outside Sainsbury’s on Willesden High Rd from 3.00 pm. 5,000 postcards advertising the demonstration on September 15th have been printed and are being distributed there and at other relevant places. The petition to the Council that has been put on the Council website is just one part of the campaign, though it would be really helpful if John would put his petition on the Council website too. Fightback is committed to asking people to sign both petitions. John’s complements Carol’s. It would be valuable to have both.

    There will also be marches on September 15th in Ealing and Hammersmith. The Brent campaign is working closely with the other campaigns across the NW London NHS area. Why not work with us all. United we are much stronger. This will need to be a really big and broad campaign if it is to succeed.

    The Socialist Party is prepared to work with other forces within Keep Our NHS Public across London, are you not prepared to do so in Brent? There are activists in Brent who have been fighting in the local unions, in the community and in elections for a very long time. TUSC is supposed to be a coalition. The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition, so why not work with Brent trades unionists (Brent Fightback was initiated by Brent Trades Council) and with other Socialists in Brent?

    Posted by Sarah Cox | August 6, 2012, 4:00 pm

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