An evening with Dr Bob Gill, NHS doctor and producer of The Great NHS Heist

Thursday 15 July 2021 | 19:00 start | Register to receive Zoom link

The Ealing Green Party and friends are excited to host an online event with Dr Bob Gill, an NHS doctor, campaigner and creator of the documentary The Great NHS Heist.

Dr Gill will talk us through his journey from NHS doctor to campaigner to stop our national health service from being sold off to greedy corporations.

This is a free, online event. Dr Gill will answer your questions after his talk. It is not too late to stop the NHS from being sold off piece by piece. Join the event to find out what can still be done.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to watch The Great NHS Heist and then join us and Dr Gill to find out more.

More about The Great NHS Heist

How a nation was robbed of its most treasured possession

The British National Health Service (NHS) is one of the nation’s proudest achievements, lifting burden from the sick, replicated across the world. But it has been under sustained attack over decades by successive governments. 

Realising that privatisation would be unpopular, the Thatcher Government instead started a programme of outsourcing. This continued and expanded under the Blair New Labour Government and up to the present.

It required careful planning and a series of legal and structural changes spanning thirty years to bring it to the brink of American corporate capture; or as one former policy adviser put it: reduced to ‘a funding stream and a logo.’

A docile and complicit media have failed to hold power to account and inform the public about what is really happening to their NHS. Austerity and chaos over Brexit has provided perfect cover for the engineered failure of services, necessary to persuade the public to fall out of love with the NHS. NHS land, patient data and tax-funded budgets are all up for grabs.

How did we get here? This film reveals “The Great NHS Heist.”

Even if you only care about efficiency, the National Health Service should be preserved like a jewel” – Yanis Varoufakis

Documentary film. Running time 126 minutes.

Director: Drew McFadyen

Producer: Dr Bob Gill

Written by Dr Bob Gill & Drew McFadyen.

Narration by Peter Egan

Filmed in 4K UHD Post production carried out on 4K workflow and edited using BlackMagic Designs Davinci Resolve

Emily Grassi – Hobbayne Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Emily Grassi

Emily Grassi

I am standing as candidate of the Green Party for the ward of Hobbayne. 

I’ve been a member of the Green Party since 2017, joining shortly after moving to the UK. I joined the Green Party because it’s the only party that fully and consistently represents my moral and ethical values of climate and social justice, anti-racism, equity, international co-operation and freedom of movement.

I was born in Italy and raised by an Italian father and British mother. As a dual citizen, I am proudly European, and I feel fully represented by the Green Party’s clear position on Brexit. If elected I intend to honour this position by giving voice to all residents regardless of their country of origin, background, faith or gender. 

I work in museum education and public engagement, a sector I’m strongly passionate about. I believe in the crucial role of learning for providing both children and adults with the tools to make a real difference in their society. I believe in education as a lifelong process in which each one of us can improve themselves and grow in empathy and understanding towards people and nature. 

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents need and want to change, and I would do my best to help them achieve this in line with my Green values. 

Your political voice is important, vote Green if like me you believe in a more just and sustainable society.

Meena Hans – Ealing Broadway Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Meena Hans

I am proud to stand as a candidate for the Green Party in the ward of Ealing Broadway.

I have been an active member of the Green Party since 2010 and have stood in local elections three times, as a parliamentary candidate twice and as the borough candidate for the London Assembly.

I am an adult education teacher and have been teaching in and around the borough for over 25 years.

I have lived in Ealing Broadway for eight years now, but I have lived in the borough of Ealing for most of my life. I grew up in Southall and have lived in various parts of the borough throughout my life, so am very familiar with the area and its needs.

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents want changed and do my best to help them achieve this, as well as upholding my Green values of fighting air pollution, which in London kills around 10,000 people a year, fighting to keep our green spaces, which studies have proven are needed for our mental well-being and also help with lessening air pollution, fighting overdevelopment which puts a strain on the current infrastructure.

I believe any housing built should take into consideration the need for space inside and outside, as the mental well-being of people should be the most important factor when thinking of housing. Not the current view of packing in as many people as possible into tiny spaces.

I would also like to see more dedicated cycle lanes in the area, as many people do not cycle because they are afraid of being hit by other motorised vehicles or they cycle on the pavement which in turn puts pedestrians in danger.

Another issue I would like to see tackled is the cleanliness of the streets, or lack thereof! It is vital for streets to be cleaned more often than they currently are.

If you want someone with a positive outlook, who is willing to listen, work hard on your behalf and wants to make life in Ealing Broadway better for all its residents, vote Green.


Thank you!
Meena Hans

Dr Kate Crossland – Hanger Hill Candidate

Candidate Introduction: Dr Kate Crossland

Dr Kate Crossland
Dr Kate Crossland

I am standing as a Green Candidate to represent the ward I live in- Hanger Hill. 

I joined the Green Party because I felt frustrated that while we can all make personal ‘green’ choices, individual change is not enough. A sustainable choice needs to be made the easiest choice; and for that we need our communities, organisations, businesses and all levels of government to act together. Political change is necessary and I believe the Green party has within its members the experience and knowledge to do this most effectively. 

Change to protect the planet (and everything on it) from climate change and loss of biodiversity is not easy. There are difficult decisions to make, and these must be made in a just and fair way. The Green party have always had strong socially just policies- not only on traditional green issues- which make us a necessary part of driving the changes needed now. 

I bring transferable skills from both my day-job as a Palliative Care Doctor and from working voluntarily in my local community, as Chair of the Residents Association, and Chair of the Parent-Teacher Association. I have a particular interest in communication skills, a subject I teach to medical students.

I am honoured to have the privilege of standing for election again. I intend, along with other Green candidates, to keep Green issues firmly in voters and councillors minds. 

If elected, I will work with both councillors and council officers to keep the Climate Emergency at the centre of our local government’s decision making, while making sure of clear and open  communication to all. 

If not elected, I will continue trying to do this too!

Peace descends across London

It’s particularly lovely to be able to walk out of our houses in Ealing to the sound of birdsong, conversations between neighbours, and children playing in their gardens, rather than the sound of ‘planes taking off at Heathrow airport, the constant drone of traffic on the A4, and the nuisance of accelerating cars cutting through the residential streets of Ealing.

It’s particularly lovely that people of all ages and from all walks of life are now taking to their bikes for their daily exercise.  Now that 90% of the road traffic has gone we are no longer faced with the stress of cycling around Ealing, and our families can now take to the roads without the fear of being harmed.

This complete transformation of the streetscapes of Ealing has to ask the question, have more lives been saved across the country thanks to the reduction in air pollution and a reduction in road traffic casualties than have been taken from COVID-19? With air pollution thought to cause 10,000 early deaths a year, and TfL having detailed reports showing road traffic casualties of 25,000 per year then it is very possible.

Putting aside the terrible cost in human lives on our Ealing roads, the transformation back to quiet neighbourly streets where people can chat to each other without shouting and let their children head out without undue worry about their safety has got to be something to all want to promote and to continue after the end of this pandemic. 

The quality of our future lives depends on it.

Our Position on Heathrow Expansion is no way!

Heathrow is already the biggest single source of carbon emissions in the UK and expansion will add an extra 8-9 megatonnes of CO2 per year. A third runway at Heathrow is simply not compatible with the UK’s legally binding climate targets.

Aviation clearly has to contract, not expand, while we need to promote and encourage cleaner options like train travel, which could replace many Heathrow flights.

Not only considering these terrible climate change consequences of the airport, huge numbers of Londoners already suffer from the noise and air pollution from Heathrow, see their transport systems overloaded and their lives disrupted and expansion will only make their lives worse.

Even the Transport Select Committee concluded that 323,684 people will be newly affected by noise from Heathrow. Data from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that 2.2 MILLION people will experience an increase in noise from an expanded Heathrow. The proposed expansion would result in an additional 285,000 flights each year or over 700 extra flights per day.

There isn’t even a local jobs or economic case for the expansion as there is no explicit job model and no clear job creation analysis included in the Airports National Policy Statement. Many of the few jobs created will be low-skilled and short term.

The Government accepts Heathrow expansion would have a “significant negative” effect on air quality which is already a crisis issue for the residents of Ealing and Southall.

If you are as upset as we are about the plans for Heathrow expansion then please follow and support the No 3rd Runway Coalition.

I hope this makes our and the Green Party’s position clear.

Development Overdrive in Hanwell – Time to Renew Our Battle

We are protesting against The Marshall Development. You will remember that the Ealing Green Party campaigned very hard against this monstrous over-development on Hanwell Broadway and that we were successful. Ealing Council rejected the plan by 12 votes to 1. However, the developers have now appealed against this rejection to the Secretary of State.

So we must now object to the appeal.

Comment online by clicking this link and then clicking save and continue:
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/MyPortal/Form.aspx?submission=380756

The Appeal Reference number is APP/A5270/W/18/3212646

An alternative way of making your objection is by sending an email outlining your views directly to Holly.Dutton@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Points that you could make in your comments include:

  • Height: 9 storeys is completely out of keeping with the character of the street and the area and will reduce the light for the community.
  • Air pollution: NO2 very bad on Hanwell Broadway – regularly breaks the law. New skyscrapers will make it worse.
  • Affordable housing: offering too little and inappropriate, too ‘ghettoized’.
  • Local resources overstretched already: There is no provision for more local transport. There is no car parking provision which will make the pavements of Old Hanwell even more impassible for pedestrians.

Download our leaflet here.

Dormers Wells By Election 2018 – Green Party Candidate Meena Hans

Dormers Wells by-election candidate Meena HansI am proud to stand as a candidate for the Green Party in the Dormer’s Wells by-election.

I have been an active member of the Green Party since 2010 and have stood in local elections 3 times, as a parliamentary candidate twice and as the borough candidate for the London Assembly.

I am an adult education teacher and have been teaching in and around the borough for over 25 years.   

I grew up in Southall and have lived in various parts of the borough throughout my life, including 10 years in Dormer’s Wells, so am very familiar with the area and its needs.

If chosen as the councillor for this ward, I would listen to what the residents want changed and do my best to help them achieve this, as well as upholding my Green values of fighting air pollution, which in London kills around  10,000 people a year, fighting to keep our green spaces, which studies have proven are needed for our mental well-being and also help with lessening air pollution, fighting overdevelopment which puts a strain on the current infrastructure.  

If you want someone with a positive outlook, who is willing to work hard on your behalf and wants to make life in Dormer’s Wells better for all its residents, vote Green.

Thank you!

Meena Hans

12 Years To Avoid a Climate Change Catastrophe

The IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change) released a disturbing report this week outlining that we have just 12 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe.

Hounslow Fire 2018
Hounslow Heath Fire 2018

The report makes it clear that it is man-made climate change that is causing extreme weather events across the country including the heatwaves we experienced this summer in Ealing.

Although councils have the power to make changes to positively impact climate change they appear to be dragging their heels.

In four years time at the end of this current Labour administration in Ealing, we’ll only have 8 years left so they must start taking meaningful action today.

 

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