A belated Happy New Year…

A belated Happy New Year to all our supporters. The improvements to FHC started last spring are still ‘not quite’ finished, despite the claim that the work all had to be done ‘by the end of March 2011’ but at least the building is still open and doing what it was built to do – providing a range of primary care services to local patients. Another good by-product of our campaign is that The Pine Street Centre has also been brought back into use by the Michael Palin Stammering Centre (piece about the opening about 3/5 down the page), freeing up space for other services at FHC. More soon about the Finsbury Health Centre Preservation Trust being set up to look after the building and make sure it remains a community asset…

Bevan’s Run for the NHS

This coming Sunday sees the end of Dr Clive Peedell’s initiative Bevan’s Run in protest against the Health Reform Bill, at Richmond House, Whitehall, approximately 2pm. This bill is in its last stages in the House of Lords despite strong opposition from most bodies representing healthcare professionals. It represents a final death-blow to the NHS as we’ve known and loved it, and threatens to throw the system into even more chaos than was caused the internal market and recent cuts. Keep Our NHS Public has a good run-down of the problems the Bill will set up for both patients and professionals, and they’ve been busy galvanising last-ditch efforts to block the bill’s passage. Do look at their website for both what is wrong with the bill and ways you can help oppose it – it’s not too late. We’ll be there on Sunday with our banner to cheer Dr Peedell, please join us!

Problems getting physio at FHC

On Monday 16 January 7.30pm, the newly renamed ‘Health Scrutiny Committee’ (formally the Health and Wellbeing Review Committee) will be looking at the provision of Physiotherapy at Finsbury Health Centre in the wake of the many complaints about restrictions in the service there. Our latest information is that the person from Whittington Health (the ‘provider body’ now responsible local primary care services) who was supposed to come along and answer questions about this has cancelled, but the issue is still on the agenda, so do come along if you’ve had problems getting physio appointments at FHC or are worried for its future.

Articles re FHC

In the autumn both the Clerkenwell Post and the Islington Archaeology and History Society ran stories about the campaign to save Finsbury Health Centre. Here is the Clerkenwell Post article and the one from IAHS is available on application to the Society. Thanks to the editors of both for their interest.

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