Every Friday from 9.30am – 2pm we have a street stall on Portobello Road. We are usually located just outside Tesco at pitch 103. We share the stall with local campaigners. Currently we are hosting the Save The Pembridge Hospice campaigners who are collecting signatures for their petition. We are also collecting food for our local foodbank. You can find a list of their urgently needed items on their website https://kensingtonchelsea.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ . We also have newsletters from our fantastic MP Emma Dent Coad who joins us whenever she can.
Please do pop by for a chat if you are in the area!
NHS bosses plan the permanent closure of all 13 hospice beds at the Pembridge Palliative Care Centre in St Charles Hospital in North Kensington.
The beds are used by patients with a life-limiting illness for symptom control,respite and care in the last stages of life.
Having local beds means people and their families are cared for in a location near to them.
The catchment area of the Pembridge includes Hammersmith and Fulham,Kensington and Chelsea,Westminster and Brent.
Please sign the petition by going to https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-st-charles-hospice
Our colleague, René Gimpel, had one of his letters on the Roma situation published in The Labour Briefing. You can download it (as a PDF) by clicking here.
It will be heartening for everyone to picnic & protest with CX ancillary staff, join people from K&C and Brent to protest about the Pembridge Palliative Care Unit and march to celebrate diversity & unity in H&F. So here’s your July diary:
HAFSON Planning Meeting Tonight
Join us tonight for our monthly planning meeting: HAFSON Monthly Planning Meeting Wed 3rd July 7pm Courtyard Room (ground floor) Hammersmith Town Hall,
CX Picnic – Protest against Low Pay
We’ve just been alerted to a Protest – Picnic organised by GMB trade unionists at Charing Cross Hospital involving low paid privatised staff who are running a hugely impressive campaign for proper pay & conditions. A few weeks ago around 100 mainly young cleaners, porters and ancillary staff attended. It was a very diverse, enthusiastic crowd challenging the privatisation of public services. Do yourself a favour and get down there.
GMB Picnic – Protest against low pay in NHS Thurs 4th July from 3pm Outside CX Hospital
HAFSON Stall for NHS 71st Birthday
More activity outside CX Hospital when we celebrate and defend 71 years of a publicly funded & publicly run NHS. Join us – there may be a bit of cake on offer.
HAFSON Stall for NHS 71st Birthday Fri 5th July 12 – 2 Outside CX Hospital
Vigil for Pembridge Hospice Beds Sat 13th July 1-3pm Ladbroke Grove
It’s now official that the NW London Clinical Commissioning Groups want to close the Pembridge Palliative Care In Patient Unit with the loss of 13 palliative care beds used for terminally ill people for respite, symptom control and to enable people to die in a hospice setting if that is their choice. We fear that there is a lack of capacity in the system to provide alternative beds and that in any case the closure would damage continuity of care and the accessibility of services for very vulnerable people and their families. Its worth noting that yet again those in the Pembridge catchment area most likely to be effected are groups with high levels of deprivation and poverty and a high proportion of BAME residents. https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/nhs-health-hospice-death-poverty-16499209 We can’t let this go unchallenged.
HAFSON Banner & Stall at H&F Unity Day Sun 21st July – details to follow
Imperial College NHS Trust Board Meeting Wed 24th July 11 – 1 New Board Room CX Hospital – details to follow