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NHS Campaigners Return to Royal Cornwall Hospital

May 1st, 2015 by

Cornish NHS campaigners returned to Treliske on Thursday, this time taking to song to express their opposition to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Board’s privatisation plans.

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
There’s no Health Service anymore
An it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
The N.H.S went out the door

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The reworking of Dylan’s classic Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right was penned by members of the 38 Degrees Truro and Falmouth group, and warns of the consequences of NHS privatisation.

It ain’t no use in thinking it’s all right, babe
When investors take their slice
An it ain’t no use in thinking it’s all right, babe
When the patients pay the price

Over 9,300 names have now been collected on the ‘Campaigns by You’ petition, started by a 38 Degrees member from Truro, that calls on the RCH Trust Board to stop the privatisation of NHS departments at the hospital. A certificate with the current petition total was presented to Board members at a public meeting following the demonstration.

Attendees at the meeting were told that the Board has “agreed to look again at the Managed Equipment Service option alongside a full outsourcing model (for Pathology) and will now make a final decision on our preferred approach at the June 2015 Trust Board meeting. Discussions also continue on the market test of the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) and Cornwall Information Technology Service (CITS).”

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The Managed Equipment Service option would see department staff remain as NHS employees while a private company takes on responsibility for all equipment used in the department. The Trust Board argue that Pathology equipment at the hospital is in desperate need of updating and say that in the absence of adequate government funding, private investment is the only viable option. NHS campaigners responded by highlighting the fact that Cornwall’s NHS is severely underfunded compared to other parts of the country. They argue that the solution rests not with private companies but in securing fairer government funding for the NHS in Cornwall.

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Cornish Campaigners Step out to Save Our NHS

April 27th, 2015 by

Cornwall was abuzz with NHS campaign activity at the weekend as 38 Degrees members came together once again to take our ‘Save our NHS’ message to the masses, and in some places that included our parliamentary hopefuls.

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In St. Austell, four out of the six MP candidates (Lib Dems, Mebyon Kernow, Labour and UKIP) attended a photocall to accept a certificate giving details of the 38 Degrees Save our NHS petition which has attracted over 2000 signatures in the St Austell and Newquay constituency alone. Passers-by were also happy to sign a giant card thanking NHS workers, and share personal experiences of how the NHS had helped them. Oh, and the event made it onto the BBC news that evening!

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In Camborne, members added over 500 signatures to the Save our NHS petition, taking the total for the Camborne & Redruth constituency to over 1,800. A lifesize coffin, propped up against the street stall attracted lots of attention and helped convey the important campaign message: “Don’t send our NHS to the grave!”

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“The NHS has saved my life three times, I’ll fight to protect it,” was just one of the many messages of support for the NHS collated by members in Penzance over the course of a busy day at the 38 Degrees pop-up shop in Causewayhead. The Labour and Green candidates also stopped by to show their support for our Save our NHS campaign.

Outside a packed hustings in Truro on Sunday, members presented all nine parliamentary candidates with NHS petition certificates and posed for a photo. But while eight of the nine candidates were happy to discuss their standpoints on NHS funding and privatisation, the Conservative incumbent, Sarah Newton, felt it was too complicated an issue to explain in a verbal answer and said she would write an email instead. We are eagerly awaiting a response…

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Join Camborne and Redruth members to Save our NHS

March 13th, 2015 by

Following the success of the NHS Day of Action last month, local 38 Degrees members met up at the Donald Thomas Centre in Camborne last night to plan two more Save our NHS events in Hayle and Redruth.

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  • On Saturday 21 March, members will be outside the Spar shop in Hayle from 10:30-12:30 armed with clipboards and Save our NHS petitions.
  • On Saturday 28 March, members will be in Redruth, collecting more names beside the Tin Miner statue on Fore Street, between 10:30-12:30.

If you care about the future of the NHS, do join us!  Click on the dates above or sign into the General Election hub for more details and to connect with other 38 Degrees members in the Camborne and Redruth constituency.

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Camborne and Redruth NHS Day of Action

March 1st, 2015 by

Local 38 Degrees members took to the streets in Camborne on Saturday 28 Feb to stand up for our NHS.  Armed with clipboards, placards, balloons and a loud hailer, they joined forces with 11,000 fellow 38 Degrees members across the country in a nationwide NHS Day of Action.

Their mission: to add as many names as possible to a petition calling on all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to do everything they can to protect the NHS. In particular, the petition called on candidates to:

  • Stop privatisation
  • Make sure the NHS has enough funding to provide high quality healthcare to everyone
  • Protect the NHS from US health corporations by keeping the NHS out of TTIP

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The petition got off to a flying start even before members arrived at their town centre pitch. First to add her name to the petition was the shop assistant in WH Smiths who sold Cara her clipboard. Next was the barmaid in Wetherspoons where the group assembled for coffee before hitting the streets. Buoyed by the early support, Paul stayed behind in the pub to collect more signatures while the rest of the group headed out to catch the Saturday morning shoppers.

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Over 800 names were collected in just a couple of hours.

Christine said: “It was fantastic to speak to so many people who, like me, feel so passionately about the NHS and don’t want to see it broken up and sold off to private companies. The NHS is so important and so valued – it’s vital we continue to get out on the streets and make our politicians take notice of how strongly the public feels about the NHS.”

If you’d like to join the campaign to Save Our NHS, here’s how you can get involved:

  • Add your name to the petition here and share with your friends and family
  • Log on to the 38 Degrees election hub to connect with local 38 Degrees members and find out about future events in your area

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Eustice under pressure on lobbying

April 26th, 2010 by

A screen shot of the website giving George Eustices email address as george.eustice@conservatives.com

A screen shot of the website giving George Eustice's email address as george.eustice@conservatives.com (taken on April 26th 2010)

Yesterday, George Eustice, the parliamentary candidate for Camborne and Redruth bad-mouthed a local 38 Degrees campaign. For the last few months Eustice has been under growing pressure from the successful grassroots campaign to ban of secret lobbying. Now all the local election candidates, except Eustice, back the ban.

In his blog “The first rule of online lobbying: get the email right” Eustice claims he has received no emails from local members about the campaign due to 38 Degrees’ incompetence in spelling his “email address wrongly on their system“.

If we made a mistake we’d be the first to admit it. We expect George to do the same.

George is clearly under pressure and his rambling blog post makes various factual errors. The email address we used for George (george.eustice@conservatives.com) wasn’t misspelled, it came from the Conservative website as we told him on Saturday.

In his blog he attempts to dismiss the campaign claiming “there are already strict rules that mean MPs must declare all their financial interests from clients to directorships and major shareholdings.”

This exposes a deep lack of understanding of the campaign to ban secret lobbying. The local campaign calls for a statutory register of lobbyists interests, as recommended by the Parliamentary Public Administration Select Committee. The Committee stated that this must include:
*names of lobbyists
* who they are working for
* any previous employment in the public sector
* which decisions they are trying to influence

George disagrees with the parliamentary committee saying “When it comes to so called “lobbying”, the answer is to make sure that any financial interests of MPs are declared so there is no conflict of interest.” It seems he has misunderstood our campaign. The register is intended to let the public know what is going on behind closed doors in Westminster. If the expenses scandal has taught us one thing, it is that we can’t just trust our MPs to do the right thing: we need transparency so we know they’re doing the right thing.

If you think it’s time to clean up politics and ban secret lobbying sign the petition to George here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/george-ban-secret-lobbying

Update: Spinwatch respond to Eustice

SpinWatch have responded to Eustice’s blog. Below is an extract. You can read the full article at: http://www.spinwatch.org/

He writes on his blog how he heard there was to be an online lobbying campaign against him, initiated by “a girl called Tamasin Cave, a political  activist who writes regularly for Lib Dem blogs”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tamasin, a Spinwatch director – who is nearly 40 should  that be of interest to anyone – is in regular touch with bloggers from Left Foot Forward to Guido Fawkes.

Attempting to tie the Spinwatch campaign to Lib Dem activism is, well, the kind of obfuscatory tactic one would expect from a professional lobbyist.

And it’s clearly sticking. When Spinwatch recently spoke to the Falmouth Packet, a local paper covering Camborne, the reporter asked whether we were linked to the Lib Dems.

No, the simple truth is this campaign has focused on the Tories because they have the largest number of PPCs who are professional lobbyists. We believe this is the reason why the Conservatives remain alone among the main parties in refusing to sign up to a statutory register of lobbyists.

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Eustice – Time to Ban Secret Lobbying

April 24th, 2010 by

George Eustice (far right) with the other candidates for Camborne & Redruth

Secret lobbying of our MPs is a massive problem. It’s outrageous that big business can spend millions on lobbyists that get their voices heard – and we have no right to know who is meeting who, who representing who or how much their spending. 38 Degrees members decided earlier this year that banning secret lobbying should be one of our top priorities in the election campaign.

In Cornwall, local 38 Degrees members have been campaigning hard to ban secret lobbying. The campaign in Camborne and Redruth has been a very successful campaign so far – all the candidates except George Eustice (Conservative) have pledged to back a ban of secret lobbying.

So at the local “question time” last night I tried to ask George why he’s ignoring the local campaign and is refusing to back the ban. He wouldn’t comment – instead saying he’d email through a comment “soon” (nothing received yet). I asked him to explain why he won’t support a ban of secret lobbying in a video – but he refused that too.

I tried to catch up with him outside the venue but, in true politician style, he (and his team) charged out so quickly there was no chance of catching him. All the other candidates were happy to speak to me on camera – I’ll try to get those clips online soon.

With his background as a lobbyist and David Cameron’s former spin-doctor, Eustice is well placed to try to duck tough questions like he did last night. But he’d do well to remember that this issue isn’t going to go away. As David Cameron said a few months ago “Lobbying is the next political scandal waiting to happen”. The local campaign is growing fast (sign the petition here: www.38degrees.org.uk/camborne) and pressure is growing on Eustice every day.

So George, if you’re reading this (which I’m sure you are – your team told me you get all our emails) please let us know why you don’t back a ban on secret lobbying.

Note: You can see a full list of the candidates running for the seat of Camborne and Redruth on the “Your Next MP “site: http://www.yournextmp.com/seats/camborne_and_redruth

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