In the Brent & Kilburn Times this week, an article was published, showing the major role played in the debate around austerity by Brent TUSC in the campaign against the Middlesex Hospital A&E closure plan.
TUSC is urging Brent council to refer the decision to Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, for official review as a tactic to buy some times and build a strong campaign around the NHS, capable of defeating this government austerity plan.
Read the article submitted by our comrade, John Boyle “Brent Council urged to take robust action against A&E unit closure plans at Central Middlesex Hospital”.
Since August 2013, Brent TUSC has been campaigning against the closure of Central Middlesex A&E in a campaign called “Defend NW London Health Services Campaign”. We’ve been petitioning outside the hospital under those lines:
“We the undersigned oppose the closure of the Central Middlesex Hospital A&E Dept. and further break-up, cuts and privatisation of Brent health services outlined in the NHS NW London “Shaping a healthier future” programme. We call on Brent council to support our campaign by actively opposing these proposals by all means at their disposal including:
- Pass a motion of opposition to the closure of the CMH Accident & Emergency department and the whole package of cuts being proposed by NW London NHS.
- Join and actively support local campaigns against these proposals using links with neighbouring councils, trade unions and community groups to help build a mass campaign for fully funded NHS.
- To use all powers of scrutiny over local NHS, including the ability to “refer back” local decisions to the government to actively block these proposals.
- Campaign for the nationalisation of all “Private Finance Initiative” schemes and removal of private contractors which siphon off taxpayers’ money into private profit for businesses. If the government can bail out the banks, why not hospitals?
Contact us if you want to stand against the cuts.