Patricia Hewitt
United Kingdom

This petition was launched on January 24th 2007 at a public meeting of 150 local people at the Willesden Library centre, including health workers, trade unionists, local councillors and MPs.

It was initially signed by Dawn Butler MP Brent South; Sarah Teather MP Brent East; Pete Firmin and Ben Rickman, Chair and Secretary of Brent Trades Council; Pat McManus, Chair of Brent Hospitals UNISON branch; Paul Welch, Secretary, Brent PCT UNISON branch; Paul Lorber, leader of Brent Council; Shahrar Ali of the Green Party; Dr Khaleeda Siraj; Helen Cylwik of Elders Voice and 65 others including GPs, health visitors, school nurses, representatives of the voluntary sector and mental health services, pensioners, trade unionists and community activists.

The local Keep Our NHS Public campaign is calling a demonstration in Wembley on Saturday 3rd March 2007 to protest against the proposed cuts, as part of the national day of action to save the National Health Service called by the TUC/NHS Together.

Our local campaign will submit our petition to Patricia Hewitt following this demonstration.

Assemble: 10.30 am Wembley Centre for Health & Care Chaplin Rd. March past Wembley Stadium to a rally on the steps of the Town Hall

For more information about the campaign or to let us know how the cuts affect you, please email benjamin.rickman1@ntlworld.com or Sarah Cox on roundwood@redmail.com or ring 07951 084 101

While we welcome the fact that the Accident and Emergency services at Central Middlesex and Northwick Park hospitals have been reprieved, at least for the time being, we deplore the cutting of up to 500 jobs across the two hospitals to enable the NW London Hospitals Trust to balance its budget.

The massive cuts being made by the Primary Care Trust will affect everybody to some degree, but the very young, the old, and those with mental, physical or learning disabilities - the most vulnerable in our community - will suffer most.

The Trust's decision to stop funding the services they currently supply in partnership with Brent Council will result in the imposition of charges for daycare and transport for the elderly and disabled and huge increases in homecare charges to vulnerable service users. It will also raise council tax by at least £90 for every household. So vulnerable people and the council tax payer will be paying for the NHS cuts.

Brent is a borough with high levels of poverty, overcrowded housing and other social problems which require correspondingly high levels of health care provision. We therefore call on the Secretary of State for Health to reconsider the level of funding for our local health services so that they can properly respond to the needs of local people.

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The Fund Brent's local health services petition to Patricia Hewitt was written by Robin Sivapalan and is in the category Health at GoPetition.