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Topics for our next Forum meeting

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We know that many of our members are sad that The Cares Family charity (formerly known as North London Cares) has run out of money and been forced to close, and because of the cuts in government funding, Islington Council … Read more

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Peace is hard but possible

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‘Daddy, I love you very much’. Those were the last words of Gordon Wilson’s daughter, Marie, on the 8 of November 1987. Both Gordon and Marie had been attending a Remembrance Day parade in the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen when a … Read more

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Patient safety compromised by privately-owned GP surgery

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Jacqui Wakefield went undercover as a GP receptionist for six weeks in a London GP surgery to make this programme. This surgery was one of 70 owned by British company Operose (owned by US Corporation Centene), serving 600,000 patients. In … Read more

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Have your say on proposed bus cuts in Islington

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Islington Council is urging local people to have their say on proposed Transport for London(TfL) bus service changes that would significantly affect travel in the borough and central London.Due to a lack of funding from central Government and fewer passengers … Read more

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From our “green” correspondent

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A sustainable recovery from COVID-19 is one which creates worthwhile jobs, addresses inequality and is good for the planet. There are various movements campaigning for widespread, meaningful recovery, with social and environmental goals central to their mission. Two major ones … Read more

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11th hour bid to save over-75s TV licence

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The National Pensioners Convention staged protests across the UK on 30- 31 July in an 11th hour bid to save the free TV licence for all over 75-year-olds. But since 1 August only those over 75s receiving Pension Credit are … Read more

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Defend Whittington hospital!

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Whittington Health (the hospital plus its outpatient community health services) has been instructed to redevelop its estate of 49 properties. The Boris Johnson government refuses to fund NHS redevelopment, telling hospitals to sell off their land and buildings. (The Whittington … Read more

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Forum discusses situation in the NHS

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At our November Forum meeting Tony O’Sullivan, paediatrician and vice chair of Keep Our NHS Public, led a panel discussion (with Pam Zinkin and FrancesBradley) on the current situation in our National Health Service. There are one third fewer beds … Read more

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Private off-shore companies no way to run care homes

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Most UK care homes were managed by local authorities until Margaret Thatcher reformed the system; now just 8 per cent are under state control. All four of Britain’s biggest care home businesses have been up for sale in the past … Read more

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Jeremy Corbyn at our AGM

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Thanks to all those members who came to our AGM, and special thanks to Jeremy, our president who somehow made time to join us. He spoke of the on-going development of Labour’s manifesto. . .  the need for a free … Read more

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