Save Hammersmith and Charing Cross Committee Meeting
7.00pm, Wednesday 16th January 2013
Vivienne Lukey (Chair), Andy Slaughter, Graham Hodgin, Anabela Hardwick, Joachim Stjern, Jasmine Daines Pilgrem, Dr Tamara Dragadze, Helen Aldridge, Mark Honigsbaum, Astrid Wilson, Anne Drinkell.
Carlo Nero, Les Aldridge, Desiree Cranenburgh, Annette Chambers, Jonathan Hextall, Alan Aitken, Josephine Lundberg, James Doheny, John Dawson, John Grigg, Dede Wilson.
1. Matters arising from the minutes of meeting on 12th December 2012. It was noted that research into non-blue light travel times was needed to counter lack of research done in this area by the NHS Trust. Jasmine Pilgrem and possibly Josephine Lundberg would continue to try to produce a plan of journeys and times which could be tested as soon as possible.
2. Vivienne Lukey reported on the Defend London’s NHS meeting held 9th January at Camden Town Hall, chaired by Keep Our NHS Public and attended by several SOH committee members. It was a constructive meeting with general agreement that all the groups would support each other at their individual demonstrations being planned prior to Jeremy Hunt’s decisions about A&E closures. Lewisham being the first on 26th January.
It was further agreed that a joint week of action from 9th – 16th February would be announced with a press conference to be held at the House of Commons on 11th February.
John Dawson to be asked to book the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons from 10 – 11.45am. This would accommodate 40-50 people and allow TV cameras.
Andy Slaughter agreed to invite MPs from all parties. He also reported that he was still pressing for a Commons debate. He had reapplied after being refused first time round, this time with a broader spread of MPS nationally. It was hoped that this could also happen during the week of action, possibly 14th February, although this was not something that could be guaranteed.
Anne Drinkell agreed to draft a letter to invite people to attend the joint press conference and co-ordinate speakers and representatives from the various groups. John Lister was suggested as a possible speaker. She would also contact the major health unions and the BMA to see if they would be involved.
Jasmine Pilgrem agreed to investigate production of a banner of London area showing affected A&E’s with associated information such as waiting times that could be used as a back drop for press conference and beyond.
A press release being produced by Mark Honigsbaum. He requested as much information as possible about activities during the week of action. Press packs also to be produced for use on 11th Feb. These to include information about
· All activities and protests planned during the week by different groups
· General information regarding the judicial review
· Arguments to refute reasons given for A&E closures
· Information about the creep of privatisation and conflicts of interest etc.
Vivienne Lukey to ask James Doheny for a summary of the judicial review for use by Tamara Dragadze to approach the House of Lords, and for use at the Press conference.
3. Plans for a major SOH event on 16th February were discussed. The council has been approached regarding the use of Lyric Square as a gathering place for a rally and speakers. It was agreed to continue to try to encourage the council to become involved and support the event. Graham Hodgin favours a march as well as a rally and had anticipated protesters moving from Lyric Square to Charing Cross to form a symbolic ring around the hospital. Graham agreed to liaise with the police regarding the event. It was agreed it would be from 12.00 - 2pm. Astrid Wilson offered to help publicise the event through her church (St. Saviours on Askew Road) and UCU. Joachim Stjern noted the importance of using social media to fully publicise the event.
4. There was discussion of how the Judicial Review is progressing. Andy slaughter reported that it now seemed to be in the hands of Ealing Council who were prepared to fund and use their in-house policy unit to deal with it. He agreed to check with Julian Bell (Head of Ealing Council) that this was correct. Tamara Dragadze would also ask LBH&F if they also intended to do a judicial review. Vivienne Lukey to email Colin Stanfield to find out more information about the review, and a final date for Ealing’s demonstration plans whether it would be 9th or 16th Feb.
5. It was agreed to hold a Public Meeting on 30th January at Rivercourt Church from 7-9.00pm. Graham Hodgin to be in charge of organising this. It will be an open meeting and take the place of the next committee meeting. Graham agreed to produce posters and flyers for distribution. It was agreed that all available databases should be emailed and a phone round organised if telephone numbers available.
6. Finance. Money being collected from stalls should be forwarded to John Grigg or used by Graham to pay for church hire for meeting on January 30th. £25 per hour.
7. Anne Drinkell reported briefly on the Joint PCT meeting held on January 15th, which several committee members had attended. NW London Trust had been particularly criticised with 4 hour waiting times being breached. This failure could be useful as a point for the Press conference. Understaffing was also raised as an issue for the London Ambulance service and the Care Quality commission.
8. AOB. Anabela Hardwick agreed to share details of any useful health writers with Mark Honigsbaum. She also agreed to investigate further details of demonstration planned in Jeremy Hunt’s constituency.
9. Next Meeting to be an open session at Rivercourt Church, King Street, London W6 from 7.00pm.