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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 June 2006
Save our baby unit!
THE FIGHT against proposed cuts at Wythenshawe hospital's premature
baby unit was given a boost with the launch of the "Save Our Baby Unit"
Health workers, activists and local residents at the launch were
furious at the cuts, which managers call "Making It Better". As Lynn
Worthington explained in opening the meeting, they're making it a sight
Management want only a "stabilisation cot" to remain at Wythenshawe,
with neonatal services "concentrated" in central Manchester, Oldham,
etc. But more maternity services will be sent to Wythenshawe if cuts are
made at other hospitals. Management want every seriously ill premature
baby to be airlifted miles across the city! Even babies aren't safe from
this market-obsessed government.
SOBU agreed to tackle "local" MP Paul Goggins, who's voted for every
"cut the NHS" proposal of his government, and the councillors who
oversee the same cuts being put into practice.
As Lynn said: "They claim to represent us. They're not likely to do
that but we'll make it a damn sight harder for them to ignore us!" SOBU
agreed to affiliate to Keep Our NHS Public, and to support all moves
towards a national anti-cuts demonstration, linking campaigns across the
People at the meeting took petitions to build the campaign. We're
producing more leaflets, window posters, petitions and "what you can do"
For more details of future meetings, ring 07769 611320, 07914 089230
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lobby the MP!
Saturday 8 July, 10-11am, Wythenshawe Forum (near Civic bus station)
Lobby the councillors!
Thursday 27 July, 7.30pm, Wythenshawe Forum
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In The Socialist 29 June 2006:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Manchester marches to defend the NHS
Save our baby unit!
Take over the drugs giants
What the Socialist Party says:
Socialist Party youth and students
Young people - fight for your rights!
Socialist Party feature
SWP / Respect conference: Flawed perspectives
International socialist news and analysis
Greek students' protests ignite solidarity action
New regime in Somalia a setback for US imperialism
Socialist Party campaigns
G8 leaders fail to make poverty history
Police and fascists attack Moscow Pride
Fight back against homophobic bullying
Socialist Party workplace news and analysis
Hands off civil servants' pension rights
Support striking Asda workers
Anger at leadership's tactics
Not just: " Lie back and Think of England"
General Motors meets workers' resistance
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