March 2012

The NHS needs your help!

Join the TUC's rally to SAVE OUR NHS, on the evening of Wednesday March 7th at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster.

Health professionals, patients and the public all want to stop Cameron's Health Bill. The House of Lords are still debating it, and it has to go back to our MPs in the Commons before it becomes law.

That's why, next Wednesday, there will be a massive rally to save our NHS, right opposite Parliament.

Together, we're going to send the strongest possible message to Cameron and Clegg that they need to start listening, and drop this Health Bill. You can find out more about the rally, and register to attend, here: http://www.nhsalert.org.uk/jointherally

A letter from Ed Miliband

David Cameron made it clear that he will push ahead with this damaging bill against the overwhelming opposition of doctors, nurses, midwives and patients. This bill would force a free market free-for-all on our NHS and we are determined to stop it.

His bill is diverting billions away from patient care at a time when pressure on NHS resources is greater than it has ever been. Waiting lists are rising, services are squeezed and staff are being laid off. If we stopped this bill, we could use the money to protect 6000 NHS nurses.

If we want to save the NHS we need to act together and act now. We are not against reform. We are against the destruction of the NHS and putting profits before patients. We want him to drop the bill.

Here's what you can do:

1) Sign the petition. We've already got the 100,000 signatures needed to force the Government to come to the Commons and tell us why they won't drop it. But the more signatures, the stronger the argument. Add your voice today.

Sign the petition

2) Share the petition on Facebook and Twitter – ask people, friend-to-friend, to sign up to help save our NHS

3) Donate whatever you can to pay for thousands of leaflets that tell David Cameron: drop the Bill and save 6000 nurses.

Donate

Help me, help Andy Burnham and help Labour stop this bill from becoming law.

Yours, Ed Miliband

The doctors' view

Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, says: "I think the essence is that this Bill is a burden. It makes no sense. It's incoherent to anybody other than the lawyers. It won't deal with the big issues that we have to deal with such as the aging population and dementia. It will result in a very expensive health service and it will also result in a health service that certainly will never match the health service that we have at the moment or at least had 12 months ago.

"It will turn one National Health Service into thousands of different health services, all competing for the same patients, the same knee, the same brain, the same heart. What that will mean is that patients will find that their care will be fragmented. It will be on different sites, it won't join up, it will be difficult to hand over care and it will be phenomenally expensive to keep track of all those different parts of the competing health service."

The British Medical Association says: "The Health and Social Care Bill will be irreversibly damaging to the NHS". (Daily Telegraph, 2/3/2012)

Have you booked yet for the Spring Dinner?

Members and supporters are invited to join us for an evening with Emma Reynolds MP, Wolverhampton NE on Tuesday March 27th.

Emma Reynolds was elected in 2010, is Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Office and member of the Foreign Affairs and Arms Export Controls select committees with particular interest in Europe, Pakistan, Latin America, India and USA.

The Cricketers is a popular and comfortable venue with very good food. Directions: exit the A320 in the centre of Woking by the Lightbox onto the A3046 to Chobham. Turn first left into Brewery Road, then right at the next mini roundabout and continue three quarters of a mile through Horsell High Street, past the shops and out towards Horsell Common. Turn left up Horsell Birch at the edge of the Common, and the Cricketers is almost immediately on the left.

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More dates for your diary

**Please note : March 24th Open Forum with Charlie Falconer MP has been cancelled**

March 7th (Wednesday), 7.30pm

Organised by Surrey Heath Politicos. All-party debate with  Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP  Rotherham for Labour, on The Future of the European Union. Working Men's Club, Obelisk Way, Camberley. Admission £3. Dennis is an ex-MEP and a well-known journalist and political commentator.

March 15th (Thursday), 7.30pm

A Surrey County Party meeting. Geoffrey Robinson MP  on "Rebuilding our Manufacturing Base". Geoffrey is a former Managing Director of Jaguar and will chart some of the measures necessary to halt the decline of manufacturing here since the 1980s. Venue: Maybury Centre, Board School Road, Maybury, Woking, GU21 5HD. Ten minute walk from station: Exit by platform 1; turn half right into Chertsey Road; right into Board School Road 50 yards before roundabout at junction with Victoria Way (the A320); the Centre is 100 yards on right with its own free car park.

March 18th (Sunday), 2.45pm refreshments, for 3.30-5.30pm

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP  Tooting, Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Lord Chancellor. Open Forum on "Social justice, local democracy and electoral reform". Parkview Centre, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, Woking, GU21 5NZ. Organised by Woking CLP.

March 27th (Tuesday), 7pm for 7.45

Spring Celebration Dinner (see left)

April 10th (Tuesday), 7.00pm

Open Surrey County Party Meeting with Chris Lesley MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, on "Reforming the City and the Finance Industry". Venue: Owen House.

May 3rd (Thursday), 10.30am

Local Elections. Volunteers for canvassing on Saturday mornings at 10.30am from Owen House and help to get the vote out on the day are urgently needed in Maybury & Sheerwater and Kingfield, Westfield & Barnsbury. Please contact Liz Evans to say when you can come.

May 10th (Thursday), evening

Open Surrey County Labour Party meeting. Rt Hon John Denham MP will assess the progress Labour is building in the SE through "Southern Comfort Re-assessed". Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey. Please check Woking Labour website  after May 1st for start time.

May 21st (Monday), 8.00pm

Reading Group at Owen House in the bar. Contact Liz Evans in advance for a copy of the Partnership in Power policy document to be discussed on May 23rd.

May 23rd (Wednesday), 7.30pm

Open Forum with Simon Burgess, NPF, leading on "Restoring Responsibility and Strengthening Communities". Organised as Woking CLP's General Committee Meeting but  all Surrey members and supporters are cordially invited. Submissions will be sent from the meeting to the NEC. Bar

 

Woking Labour Constituency Party, Owen House, Heathside Crescent, Woking, Surrey GU21 7AG. Web: www.wokinglabour.org
Chair: Paul Blagbrough (chair@wokinglabour.org)
Secretary: Janice Worgan (secretary@wokinglabour.org)