Category Archives: Whipps Cross Campaign
Waltham Forest Trades Council, unions, NHS workers and campaigners protest at Whipps X Hospital on NHS anniversary......
One hundred people gathered at Whipps Cross Hospital, Waltham Forest on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the NHS and to call for an end to privatisation and for a proper, decent pay rise for all NHS staff in recognition of their massive efforts during the pandemic. The event was called by Waltham Forest Trades Council and supported by Unite, Unison, Unite Community, NEU, NUJ, GMB, NHS Emergency, Keep Our NHS Public, Save our NHS, local Labour Party and the Socialist Party.
The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted that having sufficient hospital capacity is vital for our community.
Before the pandemic, Whipps Cross Hospital was running at between 98% and 99% bed occupancy, sometimes with no free beds. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance states that once bed occupancy goes above 90%, increased infections, re-admissions and mortality are likely. It is fair to describe Whipps Cross as an overstretched hospital. Click here to read more.
A newly released report on the Whipps Cross Hospital rebuild explains why bed numbers could be cut by more than 50 despite a growing population. Click here to read more.
As you are probably aware Whipps Cross has massive financial difficulties which threaten its future as a General Hospital. The Waltham Forest Trades Council have called for a protest about the cause of the problem, which is the massive PFI debt that has been brought to Whipps Cross through the amalgamation with Barts. Please have a look at the attached leaflet and join us for a lunch time protest outside the hospital main entrance on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 staring at 12 noon and ending at 2pm. Even if you can only spare a few minutes of your lunch break on the day please do come along and support our local hospital, the health workers and our local community.
Attached is the latest on what’s happening at Whipps Cross Hospital. Also attached a petition to support the campaign to reinstate Charlotte Monroe. Charlotte was the UNISON Branch Chair at Whipps Cross who was dismissed for raising concerns arising from the cuts imposed on Whipps Cross Hospital with the Council. She is pursuing an unfair dismissal claim and it would be great if you could help her by signing the petition. Please send it back to us so we can send it to the campaign.
Public Meeting – Get ready to defend jobs and services at Whipps Cross called by Waltham Forest Health Branch of Unison – defend all Barts health services and staff
- No downbanding
- No cuts to services
7pm, 23 October, Leytonstone School , James Lane (opposite Whipps Cross) Continue reading
A public meeting will be held at 7pm on 23 October at Leytonstone School, see attached for further information.
A healthy march of several hundred trade unionists, Whipps Cross workers and concerned local residents made its way from the Green to the Town Square. Our branch banner was ably assisted by branch members Sarah from Chapel End Children’s Centre and Esther from George Mason Lodge, our thanks go to them and to Huw Davies who carried the banner much of the way. It was also great to see several of our retired members on the march.
We would like UNISON members, their friends and families join us to take part in the march from Whipps Cross Green by the roundabout bus stops to the Town Square in Walthamstow on Saturday 21st September. The march will set off at 12 noon.