Eve of Court Battle - Protest Vigil
A Judicial Review challenging phase-1 of the downgrading and closure of vital acute health services in South Tyneside will take place at the Administrative Court in Leeds over 3 days from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th of December 2018.
The day before the court case begins we will hold a protest vigil at the Harton Lane entrance to South Tyneside Hospital to remind people of our fight and the ongoing service restructuring that is paving the way for increased privatisation here and throughout England.
12pm until at least 1pm,
Monday 17th December 2018
South Tyneside Hospital
(Harton Lane Entrance)
M*A*S*H Fancy Dress Fundraiser
NHS 70th Anniversary Celebration
Please join us at the celebration for the 70th anniversary of the NHS - including a drink upon arrival, a two course meal, raffle, auction and live entertainment.
Any money raised from the event will be donated to the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign.
LAfFalAnG Comedy Fundraiser
A COMEDY FUNDRAISER FOR THE
SAVE SOUTH TYENSIDE HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN
Tickets Only £13
Book via The Word (Market Place, South Shields)
Or call the box office on (0191) 424 77 88
Or BOOK ONLINE
Regional March and Rally 2018
Visit the Facebook Event Page for more details.
Wednesday 21st February 2018
1pm - 2pm
Meet outside entrance to Hebburn Central / Hub
SSTHC is calling on people to take part in a protest lobby of the South Tyneside and Sunderland CCG.
This is the day the South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group make the decision on the future of Childrens 24/7 A&E, Maternity and stroke services at South Tyneside District Hospital. After the lobby takes place we will be attending the meeting, which is open to the public 2pm till 4pm.
MARCH FOR THE
Save essential children's A&E, maternity and stroke services from being downgraded.
- Children's and young people's A&E services will be downgraded from a 24 hour consultant led service to a 12 hour service. It will be less safe and sustainable.
- Consultant led maternity services will go to Sunderland. A possible midwife led unit may remain - but no consultant led services. South Tyneside Hospital currently gives one of the best maternity services in England.
- The special care baby unit (SCBU) will be closed. The next nearest SCBU is Sunderland. This service is vital for South Tyneside mothers-to-be and vulnerable babies.
- Women's services (gynaecology) (covering inpatient surgery where you need an overnight hospital stay) will go to Sunderland.
- Stroke services, specifically hospital acute care will go to Sunderland.
Whilst the claim is that this is a "Path to Excellence", it has not had the involvement, or support of most clinicians and staff. This is just the first of 3-phases, which we fear will include the A&E.
The government's austerity cuts have left a £30bn funding gap in the NHS. Theresa May's minority government plans to continue cutting hospital services throughout England. Cutting hospital budgets, downgrading and closing services, selling NHS land and buildings is happening at an unprecedented pace. It is a necessary part of the process required to privatise the NHS.
“...you also have to understand why the government is doing it. It's not just doing it to close the services, it's doing it in order to enable privatisation and the entry of health care insurance companies”
“What the government - this government - is planning, is the wholesale disposal and closure of health services, to leave a rump service behind, and for those who can afford to pay [to] go privately.”
The panel of speakers will include:
- Guest speaker Allyson Pollock (Consultant in public health medicine and Director of the Institute of Health and Society - Newcastle University)
- Emma Lewell-Buck MP (South Shields)
- Marion Langley (Staff Side Chair - South Tyneside District Hospital)
- Gemma Taylor (SSTHC Coordinator)
- Roger Nettleship (SSTHC Chair)
On July 5th 2017 details were released of a consultation that threatens to permanently close vital services at South Tyneside Hospital. Whilst health commissioners claim this is a “Path to Excellence”, it is driven by massive cuts to both Sunderland and South Tyneside Hospital budgets, and it has not had the involvement or even the support of most clinicians and staff.
This is the second in a series of meetings that SSTHC are organising to; raise awareness of the consultation background, to build support for our local MPs and clinicians who are opposed to the changes, and to keep building a broader movement (along with campaigns throughout the country) to challenge the dismantling and privatising agenda.