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Monday 25th November 2019

We Own It

  • Hands Off Our NHS week of action kicks off!

    We've launched our week of action for the NHS today in Parliament Square, as we showed that the NHS is in fact on the table for a Trump trade deal.

    Activists and NHS workers gathered in Westminster from midday to show that we're not fooled by the Conservative's promise that the NHS is 'not for sale'.

    Campaigns Officer for We Own It, Ellen Lees said:

    “The NHS is the most important issue for voters in this election campaign. And the public don’t want to see it sold off as part of a trade deal with Donald Trump. The only we can prevent that is to end privatisation and ensure that the NHS is a fully public institution. Otherwise, the NHS will be automatically on the table in any trade deal with the US. 

    “It’s absolutely vital that Boris Johnson joins other leading politicians - including Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Saville-Roberts and Caroline Lucas - in pledging to take our NHS off the table once and for all by ending privatisation.”

    We heard from inspiring activists including Hosnieh Djafari Marbini, an NHS Doctor and Oxford City Councillor; Gay Lee, from Keep Our NHS Public; Sonia Adesara, who started the incredible change.org petition which now has nearly 1 million signatures, and Heidi Chow from Global Justice Now.

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TURNED OUT! IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GET INVOLVED, YOU CAN:

    1. Ask your candidates to sign up to our pledge to protect the NHS
    2. Be part of our national week of action
    3. Join KONP and their NHS Roadshow
    4. Sign the change.org petition to keep our NHS off the table
    5. Take action with Global Justice Now: Ask the government to publish the full unredacted trade negotiation documents


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Sunday 20th October 2019

Patients not Passports

  • 23rd October 2019 – Counting the Cost of the Hostile Environment in the NHS Vigil & protest for the victims of the Hostile Environment

    Please join us on October 23rd for two actions to mark the 2 year anniversary of the expansion of charging and ID checking across the NHS.

    There will be events happening simultaneously across the country – in London, Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester.

    We will highlight the harm done by racist Hostile Environment policies in our NHS. We will commemorate those who have died and suffered, and those who are currently suffering, as a result of these policies.

    Join us to demand an end to all forms of immigration control in our health service and universal healthcare for all.

    Morning: Direct action at a central London location (we will post further details soon).

    4:30 – 21:00: Vigils

    Vigils outside:

    – A central London Hospital (site to be confirmed)

    – Lewisham Hospital

    London facebook event

    Bristol facebook event (5.30-7.30pm at Bristol Royal Infirmary, hosted by Bristol Patients Not Passports)

    Birmingham facebook event (5.30-7pm at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, hosted by Docs Not Cops Birmingham)

    Manchester facebook event (5.30-6.30pm at St Peters Square, hosted by Docs Not Cops, Unis Resist Border Controls and Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public)

    For more information on charging in the NHS and challenging the Hostile Environment, see


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Wednesday 16th October 2019

PDA Pharmacists Union

  • Results of survey on impact of Brexit on supply of medicines

    Results of survey of pharmacists about problems with medicines supply and the possible effects of Brexit

    The PDA undertook a survey of pharmacists in August/September and it has received over 1,000 responses.

    Pharmacists who responded said that on average they had already seen shortages affect 21% of prescription drugs in the last 3 months, with over 90% of respondents feeling that the shortages had increased over the last 12 months.

    Dealing with drug shortages is already taking up significant time with 62% of respondents saying they spend an hour or more every day trying to sort out problems caused by medicine shortages.

    25% said that they were aware of patient harm as a result of shortages.

    When asked about the effect of a no-deal Brexit, over 81% of respondents felt that medicines shortages would get worse, with 55% believing they would get ‘much worse’.

    The full survey including numerous comments from concerned pharmacists can be found at the link below.


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Monday 14th October 2019

United Voices of the World (UVW) Press Release

  • Major West London Hospital to be hit by serious disruption as over 170 cleaners and porters walk out

    LONDON - - Over 170 cleaners and porters, 150 of them members of the trade union United Voices of the World (UVW), have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action this October at St. Mary’s Hospital in what will be one of the longest strikes in NHS history.

    The striking workers will walk out on the 28th and 31st of October to demand equality in pay and working conditions with directly employed NHS staff. Their union has publicly committed to successive weeks of strike action that will stretch well into December if the demands of its members have not been met.

    Outsourced by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to French multinational Sodexo, the striking workers are paid an hourly rate of £6.16 - £8.21, far below the £11.31 - £12.92 that in-house cleaners and porters receive under the NHS’ Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scale system.

    The striking workers only have Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and cite this as forcing them to work on wards when ill - sometimes with contagious illnesses such as the flu - as they cannot afford to take time off when sick.

    The workers are also forced to change in mice ridden dimly lit and mixed sex changing rooms located in the hospital basement.

    They are campaigning for better single sex changing facilities as well for an end to discrimination against outsourced staff that has seen Imperial ban them from eating in NHS canteens and resting in NHS staffrooms.

    One striking cleaner said, “I work 55 hours a week just to cover my rent. This [St. Mary’s] is my home, I spend more time here than in my house. Yet I am treated like a dog and made to feel like dirt”.

    Co-Founder of United Voices of the World and organiser of the strikes, Petros Elia, said:

    “In 2018 alone Sodexo turned a profit of 997 million euros, for the last four of the five years that its held a contract with Imperial its now former CEO, Michel Landel enjoyed obscene executive pay totalling nearly a million pounds a year and annual bonuses of up to 200% of his salary. Sodexo can afford to pay our workers in line with NHS rates and we urge them to do so - otherwise the strikes will continue”

    --ENDS--

    Our members demands per strike are as follows:

    * St. Mary’s Hospital – Complete equality in pay and terms of conditions between outsourced facilities staff and in-house NHS staff as set by the Agenda for Change (AfC) payscale system; vaccinations; improved single sex changing facilities and access to NHS staff canteens and staffrooms.

    Strike dates are as follows:

    * St. Mary’s Hospital – Round 1. 28^th, 29^th and 31^st of October. Round 2. 11^th, 12^th and 13^th of November. Round 3. 25^th, 26^th, 27^th and 28^th of November. Round 4. 9^th, 10^th, 11^th, 12^th and 13^th of December.

    About UVW: United Voices of the World (UVW) is a London based trade union. The majority of its members are migrants predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean, working in the low paid economy. In 2016 the union organised the largest cleaners strike in UK history and became the first trade union to force a UK university to bring the entirety of its outsourced cleaners in-house.

    The striking workers will be joined by over other striking workers and members of UVW in what the union has dubbed an “Autumn of Discontent”. This will include striking café workers from the University of Greenwich, security guards from St. George’s University, security guards from the University of East London, gardeners and cleaners from London’s Royal Parks, cleaners from the headquarters of ITV, Channel 4 and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).


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