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Protest from where you are for Buckinghamshire’s hospitals!

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As individuals, couples or groups, please send in pictures with your hand in the stop position. You can hold up a message if you wish, e.g. no more downgrades, reopen beds. These will be joined together to form one protest picture.

We all know there has been a shortage of beds in the region. An important meeting (HASC) is taking place on Tuesday 24th April which could result in even more bed closures across Bucks!

Please send your pictures and quotes by 3pm on Tuesday 24th April to savewycombehospital@live.co.uk, tweet to @HandBackOurHosp, post on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/savewycombehospital/

We need you to actively take part and show that you care!

Let’s make it clear that we want downgrades to stop and our hospitals restored!

This is a whole community friendly, apolitical campaign.



This winter has once again shown there is a shortage of beds in our region. Oxford cancelled operations this year and national patients have been affected at the National Spinal Injuries Unit in Stoke due to general patients taking over their beds. On Tuesday, the Trust will be presenting a report on the future of our hospitals to the HASC committee (https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx…). 20 beds were closed at Marlow and Thame for a community hubs ‘pilot’ and this seems set to continue and be rolled out to other local hospitals such as Amersham and Buckingham. This could mean even more bed closures in Bucks!! We have less beds in Bucks compared to last year and Ward 5B at Wycombe Hospital was closed fairly recently too. It’s inevitable that if you downgrade hospitals, others will be overwhelmed!
We must show that we do not support further downgrades of our hospitals and want beds at Wycombe, Thame and Marlow reopened!
As most can’t attend the meeting in Aylesbury, we are asking you to protest from where you are! 

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1733243850048157/

An Open Letter to Our Health Secretary

Dear Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt,

Congratulations on your reappointment as our Secretary of State for Health.

You mentioned that your ‘proudest political achievement’ was helping to save Surrey A&E. As Health Secretary we are calling on you to work with other decision makers to restore Wycombe Hospital to a fully functioning one once more, with services including A&E, full maternity and overnight children’s services.

This week some of us gathered at our hospital to send you our message at the start of the parliamentary recess. You can watch our video here: https://vimeo.com/176650226

We formed a chain outside the hospital with our hands up to show that we want downgrades to stop and services restored.

Our petition has reached over 11,000 signatures: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire

Everyone deserves good quality, safe, effective NHS services closer to home. Centralisation of services has gone too far.

We look forward to your response.

With regards,


Miss Ozma Hafiz
Email: savewycombehospital@live.co.uk             Tweet: @HandBackOurHosp



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Hands up if you think we deserve better!

Join in with the next phase of #HandsUpForAHandBack. We’re making a mosaic to show that we want downgrades to stop and services restored!

Anyone who would ideally like to restore services to Wycombe Hospital and protect what we have is welcome to join in with the next phase of #HandsUpForAHandBack by sending in photos via email and social media. If you’d like a poster these can be downloaded here:https://savewycombehospital.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/qr-mosaic.jpg

The hand works in two ways. We’re saying ‘stop’ and putting our hands up for a ‘hand back’ of lost services. This is an apolitical, community friendly campaign.

You’re welcome to send in quotes with your photo with why you support the cause.

Tweet: @HandBackOurHosp with #HandsUpForAHandBack Email: savewycombehospital@live.co.uk  or post pics on FB: https://www.facebook.com/savewycombehospital/

The latest petition can be signed here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire It will remain live until we get a satisfactory response. Please keep the signatures coming. Next stop the Department of Health!

Learn more about our photo events here:

https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/sunday-13th-march-handsupforahandback/ and here: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/an-open-letter-to-our-health-secretary/



Threats to Our Hospital Site?

Our hospital land was given to the people of Wycombe as a memorial to the Great War, to honour those that died, and to care for women and children. A price simply cannot be put on the benefits of having our hospital in the town centre.  You’re welcome to add your thoughts on the importance of it’s location on this blog page:


Fears over the hospital site have been ongoing for some time now, particularly the Tower Block area. Some claim it will become a car park, others are concerned that the land will be sold, possibly for development of housing in the town centre.

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Sign metres away from our hospital


The MP for Bracknell had the audacity to calculate how much our hospital land was worth in his ‘Royal Thames Valley Hospital’ document [1]

A report by Durrow [2] who were commissioned by our own MP makes claims about the Tower Block ‘nearing the end of its life’ however there is no mention of replacing it with a building of equal capacity, and no links to evidence to support this.

During his election campaign, our MP stated that he would be exploring buying out the ‘expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county’.  Whilst removing the hideous PFI debt would be a welcome move, could this potentially put at risk the area of land with the newer hospital building? At the moment it could be argued that the debt on that building is what is keeping our hospital where it is.

More recently, Bucks Healthcare have snuck in the sentence ‘There are plans afoot for the redevelopment of a number of departments, notably inpatient accommodation’ on their website, however they fail to provide any further information, despite reassurance at a recent HASC meeting to patients that no changes would be made without involving them.

It’s important that a full assessment report of the Tower Building is put into the public’s hands. We’ve all heard rumours about issues it has, but why can’t it be revamped like the college building which is of similar age?

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And if this really is not possible, then a building of equal capacity needs to be built on the hospital site BEFORE the tower block is removed. This is surely possible if done in stages.

‘Care in the community’ is a phrase that’s bandied about in order to justify removal of hospital beds. However even if successfully implemented, with an increasing population there is still the need for a building with the Tower Block’s capacity. In fact only last year did a patient claim to be kept on a mattress on the floor due to a shortage of beds.

Any redevelopments of the Wycombe Hospital site need to involve staff, patients and the general public from the start. Our local area has had enough ‘sham’ ‘consultations’ for a lifetime!

Importantly, our hospital site must be protected.  If there really are no ‘vested interests’ there will be no issue with keeping hands off our hospital land.


(1) http://www.phillip-lee.com/wp-content/uploads/the-royal-thames-valley-hospital.pdf

(2) http://www.stevebaker.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Wycombe_11thSep-cropped-FINAL.pdf


Pledges signed by Wycombe’s Parliamentary Candidates

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Signed by: Jem Bailey (Green Party) Steve Guy (Liberal Democrats), David Williams (Labour Party), Steve Baker (Conservatives)


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Jem Bailey (Green Party) signed all,

Steve Guy (Liberal Democrats) signed pledges 2 & 3,

David Williams (Labour Party) signed all,

Steve Baker (Conservatives) refused,

David Meacock (ukip) refused,

David Fitton (Independent) not approached.

The Celeb Files

We’ve had lots of interaction with celebrities, check back in the next few weeks to learn more! Phil Vickery Steve Hewlett and ArthurGabby Logan 2015-08-31

Twitter Followers

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Retweeted the Funding Petition

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Sent in hands for our poster

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Post under construction – more to follow!

Downing Street Acknowledgement

Today, Monday 1st December, an eagerly awaited envelope with ’10 Downing Street’ on the back arrived. You can read the acknowledgment letter below.


The original letter to our Prime Minister can be read here: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/letter-to-our-prime-minister/

Reflecting back on our Downing Street visit three weeks ago, a highlight was the fact that Steve Hewlett and Arthur were recognised and photographed with our mosaic. People even asked about our hospital!

As we wait for a reply, please continue your much appreciated support for the cause, including:

-Helping to get more signatures on:


-Helping more posters go up as part of #HandsUpForAHandBack:

-Keeping your stories, offers of help, etc. coming in