Fake occupation of Ealing Hospital and the effects of austerity

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Jun 26 2015 17:47
Fake occupation of Ealing Hospital and the effects of austerity

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Just back from Ealing hospital where trot group Workers Revolutionary Party were staging an 'occupation' outside the maternity ward of Ealing hospital in Southall. Earlier they had a march (on the 24th) from Southall Broadway to the maternity ward which is scheduled to not accept any new mothers on the 24th nd will completely close down on the 1st July. This is probably the start of closing the whole hospital down ward by ward so the stakes r certainly high, the next nearest hospital to southall is uxbridge nd the nearest to greenford is park royal which in both cases r a nightmare to get to and will be packed (they already r so if ealing hospital closed then ud get another 70,000+ patients to these other hospitals). A WRP women with typical populist rhetoric said that everyone would be affected by the closure. This is of course rubbish as the local bourgois will be well catered for by private clinics (I suspect Ealing hospital will provide some of these private facilities). The result of this will be that people will be forced more and more into the family reproductive unit and the church/ngo complex. In west london the Indian and Polish patriarchal structures will be massively reinforced meaning misery especially for young women.

The first thing I noticed is that its not an occupation it was just sitting outside the maternity ward. The people there (all WRP I think) cud have been patients, they were causing no disruption (except annoying people by constantly trying to sell their newspaper/sign petitions etc). I had to ask them 'is this the occupation'? because i cudnt tell that they were occupying (cos they werent). After 30 mins a guy tried to recruit me to young socialist then later tried to get me to a socialist summer camp (only £325 for the week).

There was a banner saying 'occupation' on the wall and they (WRP) were giving out leaflets advertising 'their' march (led by west london council of action the WRP front group ) and 'work stoppage' (for 2 hrs) this Wednesday in Southall Broadway...it was a complete joke. Everyone is indian except for two old English guys, everyone is older/retired, the rhetoric was old/tired, the community and family was constantly mentioned, blah, blah you get the idea.

All the slogans about saving the NHS but if a campaign increases recruits their aim is fulfilled

Thoughts
- How do u stop a hospital being closed? How can it be done without appealing to patriarchal structures, such as the family, the community etc and without demands to the state? Has this ever been done?
- How can we have collective medical/social care, once the state doesnt provide it anymore? Home births to replace maternity ward? How cud this be arrange by non-patriarchal (egalitarian) means in an area such as Southall where the population is Indian and the patriarchal extended family reigns as the dominant reproductive structure? This seems to be an urgent question over the coming years for feminist comrades.
- What is the role of women in the division of labour of care (both medical and social). Can this be subverted (by men doing it for example) in an area such as Southall?

All questions for the anti austerity movement...

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Jun 27 2015 02:23
autonomice wrote:
How do u stop a hospital being closed? How can it be done without appealing to patriarchal structures, such as the family, the community etc and without demands to the state? Has this ever been done?
- How can we have collective medical/social care, once the state doesnt provide it anymore? Home births to replace maternity ward? How cud this be arrange by non-patriarchal (egalitarian) means in an area such as Southall where the population is Indian and the patriarchal extended family reigns as the dominant reproductive structure? This seems to be an urgent question over the coming years for feminist comrades.
- What is the role of women in the division of labour of care (both medical and social). Can this be subverted (by men doing it for example) in an area such as Southall?

All questions for the anti austerity movement...

You ask all the right questions autonomice, and the answer is the same throughout. We dispose of antiquated and repressive structures like patriarchy in the same way we will get rid of the State; supply proper effective health care and education for everyone alive throughout the world; replace compartmentalised feminism with a passion for all humanity regardless of skin colour and sex, and we'll do this by building a new society in which we will all contribute freely and happily what we are best capable of freed from capitalism's horrific and unnecessary restrictions.

To do this requires a revolution, which is long overdue. But it's the only thing left for us which could work, and incidentally save the planet too. The anti-austerity movement is a sort of start but needs to develop into anti-capitalism else it'll get nowhere. After all 'austerity' is only the latest in a series of killer diseases all the product of capitalism itself.

Fake occupations by fake revolutionaries such as Trotskyites don't help at all. In fact they only hinder by adding confusion to the maturation of working class consciousness. But then that's what the bourgeois Trotskyites are there for: to prevent the development of real class consciousness and of the need for working class solidarity.

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Jun 27 2015 06:10

Occupy and win: a manual for fighting hospital closures

autonomice
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Jun 27 2015 07:22

looks like that manual was written by the WRP

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Jun 27 2015 08:02

jojo #2

‘But then that's what the bourgeois Trotskyites are there for: to prevent the development of real class consciousness and of the need for working class solidarity.’

Basically I agree with your post, though the last sentence implies some sort of a conspiracy.
The WRP are probably the most authoritarian and sectarian bunch I’ve ever met, though in my experience a high percentage are deluded working class. Having met several ex-members and been physically man-handled by security obsessed stewards, they are/were also the most conspiracy obsessed bunch – no need to join them (apologies for an inability to post a smiley face!).

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Jun 27 2015 09:01

http://libcom.org/library/occupational-therapy-university-college-hospit...
- a pamphlet about a 1992 occupation by non-Trot locals who had to deal with the manipulations of Trots. If you can do something independently of the leftists, do it - and expect to have to deal with them trying to impose themselves.

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Jun 27 2015 11:42

Just back from the hospital.
The 'occupation' is being maintained by WRP members with at least a minimum of 3 present at all times, there are a couple of full timers. From wat ive seen they are still as Auld Bod says an 'authoritarian and sectarian bunch', the senior guy was giving orders organising everything, always on the phone.
If anyone, patients/staff, shows an interest they r immediately shown/solicited a newspaper (50p). Any non-member is barred from decision making or any involvement other than doing donkey work or making the numbers up. The 'council of action', from wat, I can tell is a central committee made up of senior party members.
There was a non party Indian guy there, who was cool, he'd been involved in the 70s, he was critical of trade unions as he'd been working for an agency for a long time, the party members were saying oh the trade unions are led by sell outs, when I challenged him it got quite heated.
The head guy in charge kept following me for chats he said I was a dillitant! And that what would I shud do was build a party branch for the WRP! This after being there for 30 mins yesterday. I had a few arguments with him, he was trying all the old tricks.
I can imagine quite a lot of aggression coming from them if anyone else tried to organise such as the cleaners/porters who have the most to lose if the hospital closes.

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Jun 27 2015 13:03
autonomice wrote:
looks like that manual was written by the WRP

Really don't understand what you mean here?

That manual is about actual hospital occupations by workers themselves, where workers took over and ran themselves, and in several cases save hospitals from closure. This is nothing like a trot party picket pretending to be an occupation

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Jun 27 2015 13:59
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looks like that manual was written by the WRP

Well it was funded by the GLC and mentions the link to labour party, union bureaucrats etc

" London Health Emergency was set up in 1983 with GLC support to coordinate local campaigns against health cuts in London. We are run by a Steering Committee drawn from local campaigns and union delegates."

How is this not like WRP or am i missing something?

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Jun 27 2015 14:59

In 1983 the GLC was funding a really wide variety of groups and activities including class struggle activities. It would also be much more normal than now to have union branches backing combative activity like occupations. Just because there were union delegates and GLC funding doesn't mean these weren't real occupations or they didn't have massive worker and community involvement.

There's another good pamphlet about hospital occupations done by mates of mine, I'll see if I can find it online.

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Jun 27 2015 15:03

https://rosannerabinowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/history-is-not-just-a...

can't find the pamphlet online but this is about the south london women's hospital occupation.

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Jun 27 2015 15:32

Fingers Malone - didnt know that about GLC my mistake, had assumed they were something else...great read about the womens hospital was lovely to read something not mentioning trots

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Jun 27 2015 15:51

Well, GLC was the Greater London Council, it was a quite unusual time when for a brief period a lot of radical projects got funding from them.

Glad you liked the occupation report, I will try to find other similar reports later today (now I have to eat my dinner)

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Jun 27 2015 17:15

autonomice wrote:

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Everyone is indian except for two old English guys

...and?

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everyone is older/retired

...and?

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Jun 27 2015 17:21
fingers malone wrote:
https://rosannerabinowitz.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/history-is-not-just-a...

can't find the pamphlet online but this is about the south london women's hospital occupation.

Yeah thanks for this, I spoke to Roseanne a year or two ago and she said she would try to digitise it but I guess hasn't got round to it…

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Jun 27 2015 18:40
plasmatelly wrote:
autonomice wrote:

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Everyone is indian except for two old English guys

...and?

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everyone is older/retired

...and?

'Everyone is indian except for two old english guys' its an observation not a comment. Im not saying anything about the politics of old(er) people just happended their politics were shit and they were old(er)

'everyone is older/retired' its an observation not a comment

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Jun 27 2015 19:05

Of course. But why comment on this? It makes no sense.

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Jun 27 2015 20:50
plasmatelly wrote:
Of course. But why comment on this? It makes no sense.

just to show the left political scene around the Southall area most of it (I think) is made up of activists from the 60s-70s, I suppose its partly relevant when the campaign is based on support from the community.