NEXT WEEK - Protests at the Camden Primary Care Trust meeting - on Monday 26th November, 4pm in the Conference Hall, Ground Floor, West Wing, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1) or at the Islington PCT meeting, on Thursday 29th November, 9.30am, 338-346 Goswell Rd , Clerkenwell EC1.
Dear Sisters & Friends,
We have just heard that Camden and Islington are about to decide to cut their funding to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (RLHH). This latest cut is especially serious since the RLHH is in Camden, and these authorities provide a large share of the funding of the RLHH, threatening its very existence as an NHS hospital.
Please join the protest at the Camden PCT meeting this Monday 26th November, 4pm in the Conference Hall, Ground Floor, West Wing, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1) and / or at Islington PCT, Thursday 29th November, 9.30am, 338-346 Goswell Rd , Clerkenwell EC1. If the RLHH closes as a result of these attacks, it will affect not just Camden & Islington patients, so please circulate this widely.
These cuts are part of a sustained attack on homeopathy and especially on the
UK homeopathic hospitals (where treatment is free), carried out in the media
and the NHS. It is an attempt to silence the growing number of people,
including GPs within the NHS, who are questioning the over-use of toxic pharmaceutical drugs, and to force patients into the private health insurance system, a disaster for all of us as Michael Moore’s new film “Sicko” describes.
Many of us in the Global Women's Strike are users, supporters and practitioners
of homeopathy and other forms of alternative medicine. We have been
campaigning for years to demand greater access to homeopathy and other
therapies on the NHS. The current attacks are backed and funded by the pharmaceutical industry, which considers homeopathy to be a threat to their profits, through groups such as 'Quackbusters' and 'Sense About Science' that have directly lobbied the NHS, even circulating a standard letter illegally using NHS letterhead!
To find out more about why we are defending homeopathy, read the open letter
some of us NHS users sent to Brent PCT in March (you are welcome to add your
signature to this letter). http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/England/SaveRLHH.htm
For press coverage of our protests in Brent and Barnet, see:
Global Womens' Strike