At 9am there are about 35 people at the picket line, about half doctors, alongside the Unison and Waltham Forest Save Our NHS banners.
Huge support from passing motorists. Other doctors have split off to meet the public at Leytonstone and Walthamstow tube stations. A rally will be held at the main entrance on Whipps Cross Road at 5.30pm.
Whipps Cross is part of Barts Health, one of the most heavily indebted NHS Trusts. 10% of the Trust’s budget is being spent on servicing a £1.1bn PFI scheme.
The next strike is planned for 10 February.
from Waltham Forest Trades Council
Demonstration – 12-2pm on Wednesday June 3rd – at the gate of Whipps Cross Hospital
It’s no accident that years of privatisation in all its guises, under governments of all colours, has undermined our NHS. Private profiteering companies suck the lifeblood out of the public purse for their own gain.
Nurses suffer pay down-banding. Some porters eke out a living on zero-hour contracts. Domestics struggle on different agency rates for the same job. At the same time overpaid high-handed managers make unrealistic, even bullying, demands.
Yet, despite such difficulties the staff at Whipps Cross do a marvellous job. Their loyalty and commitment is recognized by thousands of grateful patients, and even by the CQC – at least in words.
But Whipps Cross, all its staff and everyone in our borough face a real Emergency.
The response to the critical report of the CQC and the draining of finances due to exorbitant demands of PFI contractors at the London Hospital could pose a threat to the very existence of Whipps Cross. There are rumours of a state-of-the art hub, or something – but not a General Hospital. We cannot let this happen.
From Waltham Forest – Save our NHS:
We held a very successful public meeting, our first in Leytonstone, on Tuesday 28 April. There were over 100 attendees, a mixture of residents and health workers, with many signing up to find out more about our campaign.
A collection for the campaign raised £263 plus a donation from Unite the union members in Barts Health.
Tuesday 28th April, 7.30pm
Ex-Servicemen’s club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB. (Next to the Red Lion pub).
- Dr Jackie Turner, GP
- Aiden Taylor, Nurse in Unison union
- Mary Burnett, Waltham Forest Save Our NHS
- Charlotte Monro, Unison union activist and health campaigner
All speakers in a personal capacity
More details here