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Cornish Campaigners Say NO to Hospital Privatisation

March 27th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members from across Cornwall led a lively demonstration outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital yesterday, to protest against plans to privatise three NHS departments. They were joined by local NHS campaigners and hospital staff keen to send a strong message to hospital Trust board members and politicians: Our NHS is not for sale!

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Over 100 people joined the 90 minute demonstration with an impressive display of placards and banners. Some demonstrators even turned to song to express their feelings. 38 Degrees member Neil Foss penned a special protest song for the occasion and led everyone in a rousing rendition of ‘God Save our NHS’ set to the tune of the national anthem. Passing motorists waved and tooted in support and the local media were out in force to cover the event.

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The demonstration concluded with the handing-in of a petition to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust board. The petition, calling on board members and local politicians to stop the privatisation at Royal Cornwall Hospital, was created by a 38 Degrees member from Truro last month and has attracted over 8,000 signatures in the last six weeks.

Box Hand In

The Trust assured demonstrators that they would take the petition into account in their ongoing discussions but gave no indication that they would reverse the privatisation plans. 38 Degrees members agreed to keep the pressure up by continuing the petition. There are plans to stage a second demonstration at the hospital on Thursday 30th April to coincide with the Trust’s next board meeting. Watch this space!

To add your name to the petition click here.

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Hove shouts loud and proud: We love the NHS

March 25th, 2015 by

High streets of Hove

38 Degrees members took to the high streets of Hove on Saturday for their second action on the NHS. The sun shone (hooray) as they collected hundreds more signatures for the petition calling on all candidates to protect the NHS after 7th May.

The NHS saved my life. I had a life threatening situation, saw my doctor and the very same day was in an operating theatre. We have the best health care system in the world, why would we want to commercialise that?!” Pat

I feel desperately uncertain about the future of the NHS. We do not want a USA health care system here: people die. This really is putting people’s lives on the line.” Helen

Next up in Hove we’ll be watching the leaders debates on the tellie in The Sussex Pub (tbc) on the seafront. We’d love people to join us from across the city – details and RSVP here.

Hove stands up for the NHS

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Hampstead and Kilburn members campaign to save our NHS

March 23rd, 2015 by

Following a successful day of action campaigning for the NHS in February, 38 Degrees members were out again at Finchley Rd over the weekend.

Armed with a megaphone, stacks of flyers, love heart balloons and of course clipboards with the petition, 38 Degrees members had a lot of fun talking to other locals about why the NHS is such an important election issue.

38 Degrees members - Hampstead and Kilburn

With less than 50 days to go until the general election, it wasn’t surprising that just around the corner from where 38 Degrees members had their table was a stall for the local Conservative candidate, Simon Marcus. Members took this opportunity to do some additional campaigning and questioned them about Simon’s position on privatisation of the NHS and on the dodgy trade deal TTIP.

If you want to get involved in future actions like this one, head on over to the election website where you can connect with other local 38 Degrees members and get involved in upcoming actions and events.

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Showing love for our NHS in Ealing

March 23rd, 2015 by

Over the weekend 38 Degrees members were out and about in Ealing Broadway building support for the ‘Save our NHS’ petition.

38 Degrees Members in Ealing Broadway

Wearing ‘I heart NHS’ t-shirts and with clipboards in hand, local 38 Degrees members spoke to hundreds of people about they we are calling on all candidates to protect the NHS from privatisation, funding cuts and the TTIP trade deal if elected.

In just 2 hours this fantastic group of members collected close to 300 signatures – incredible work!

One of the members campaigning in Ealing was local student Sara. She was there because she’s passionate about ensuring politicians invest in building a healthy community and country. Sara hopes one day to work for the NHS as a dietician.

38 Degrees member Sara in Ealing

Do you want to get involved in future actions?

The next ‘Save our NHS’ stall will be on Saturday 11th April in Acton. Find out more and sign-up to get involved here.

Members are also planning to attend the upcoming hustings to ensure all the local candidates hear their questions about the NHS. Sign up to join them here.

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Hands up for the NHS in Hove

March 20th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members met in The Sussex pub in Hove last night to talk politics beside the fire. From TTIP to the Health & Social Care Act of 2012, then onto Austerity there was plenty to get us fired up.

On Saturday we’ll be back on the high street, putting our hands up high for the NHS. Join us for action on George Street this Saturday (21st March) to add weight to our petition to protect the NHS. You can join the discussion here, or meet us by Boots on George Street at 12pm.

That same evening we’re going over to Kemptown to meet 38 Degrees members from the other side of town to watch hard-hitting documentary “The Sell Off” – all are welcome, it’s a free event. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Brighton Pavilion members want to talk about TTIP, and we’re all invited – join them 7.30pm Monday 23rd March at 68 Middle Street. They hope to plan a city-wide public event to raise awareness and start conversations about TTIP before the election. Come along if you can. For details and to RSVP, click here.


Hove meeting 19th March


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South West Surrey met for a very fine curry

March 18th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members in South West Surrey talked politics over poppadoms at a buzzy meeting last night at the Bengal Lounge in Wrecclesham, Farnham.

Thanks to the Bengal Lounge, we left our mark. Pop in and sign the petition

Some of our number have spent their entire careers in the NHS, proud of the service it’s offered. Now they are watching it being dismantled in front of them – with little thought for patients or staff.

Temperatures rose as we talked about TTIP: a dodgy EU-US trade deal, cooked up by corporate lobbyists in Brussels, that could allow US corporations to carve up our health service. With people keen to spread the word, there was a strong commitment to action on Saturday 18th April.

38 Degree members talked politics over poppadoms

Social care was a big item on the agenda, with stories shared of personal experiences of treatment of loved ones.

Local MP Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, tweeted yesterday “We need to make sure that we can look after older people around the world with dignity and respect“, ironic that in his own constituency all the state run care homes have been recently condemned for closure.

Then at the end of the night, the superb staff signed themselves up and offered to keep petition sheets on the front desk. Let’s hope Jeremy Hunt has a read next time he’s in.

Staff back the campaign after the Curry in Surrey

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South West Surrey stands up for the NHS

March 18th, 2015 by

38 Degree members took to the streets in February to stand up proud for the NHS. Local campaigners secured this lovely bit of local press too.

As part of a national day of action, shoppers on Farnham high street were treated to hundreds of conversations about the importance of the NHS in the Secretary of State for Health’s very own constituency.

A further NHS action is being planned in South West Surrey on Saturday 25th April.

South West Surrey NHS press

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Scotland: Local actions against TTIP

March 16th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members in Scotland are taking action against dodgy trade deal TTIP in huge numbers. Over 21,000 called on Labour MEP David Martin to oppose the deal – and it seems to be working. Martin pushed through a motion in his Brussels group to oppose ISDS, the part of the deal which would see governments sued by companies for lost profits in undemocratic ‘corporate courts’.

But it’s not enough. Leaked documents have shown that the NHS is still at risk – so are all our public services. Attempts to reverse privatisation in the Scottish NHS will be impossible if the deal goes through. And rules protecting our environment and food safety could be fatally undermined, a new report has said.

With less than 60 days to go until the election, and huge changes predicted in constituencies across Scotland, we have hundreds of hopeful MP candidates vying for our votes. Most don’t have a strong position on TTIP – many don’t even know about it! – so it’s a perfect time to remind them, in huge numbers, that this issue should be top of the agenda. Every candidate, from every party, needs to hear our message – stand up to TTIP!

Petitions are growing in every constituency, and you can add your name by clicking the link and and entering your postcode. It just takes a minute. Let’s make sure they can’t ignore this crucial issue!

Only 53% of the public know what TTIP is – we need to spread the word. As well as petitions in every constituency, 38 Degrees members are organising street events for Saturday 28 March. To see what’s going on in your area, click here.

So far events are planned for:

We’ll be posting pictures from across Scotland as the events take place, and tweeting under the hashtag #nottip

See you on the streets!




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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.

Camborne NHS Day

  • 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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Join us in Chester and make a difference

March 13th, 2015 by


After a fantastic turnout in the NHS National Day of Action, Chester members met last night to decide what to do next. We talked about what local issues we wanted to highlight during the campaign, what else we wanted to do to save our NHS and how we can work better with other members of the 38 Degrees community.

What you can do
Two more petition events are taking place, and we’d love your support for them. Our members will be out on the 21st of March and the 28th of March. You can RSVP by clicking on those dates or by going to the 38 Degrees Election Hub.

The more signatures we collect, the better our chances of making all candidates in the election take us seriously. Lots of people have done this for the first time and enjoyed doing it. Lots of people are doing something political for the first time in their lives. Why not join them and help make a difference?

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As well as the national issues of the NHS, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and corporate tax avoidance, heartfelt concerns were raised over social inequality, housing, and the effects of fracking. We also talked about how we could work with members in other areas.

We are inviting members from Chester and surrounding areas to join us in a discussion on how to put our issues on the political agenda and keep them there. We’ll also show off some of the new 38 Degrees materials we’ve been working on, and come together as a community. To RSVP, click here.

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