Cambridge Health Emergency was formed in response to the crisis which erupted at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH – the Trust which runs Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals) in late 2015.
CUH was placed in ‘special measures’ by the regulator Monitor, after the Trust was given an ‘Inadequate’ rating by the Care Quality Commission. At the same time the Chief Executive Keith McNeil resigned, making harsh criticisms of the situation NHS organisations were being placed in by this government’s policies, particularly regarding finance.
A protest was immediately organised at Addenbrooke’s, bringing together hospital workers and local residents, and pledging to fight any move to cut or privatise services as a result of Monitor’s actions. This action led to the formation of Cambridge Health Emergency (CHE).
From there CHE has worked to build a broad alliance to defend all NHS services in Cambridgeshire, holding a well-attended public meeting in February 2016, collecting many signatures on street stalls, and persistently questioning the CUH Board to hold it to account.
CHE is non-party political, and works closely with Keep Our NHS Public, staff organisations and all those who are committed to defend our health services at CUH and throughout Cambridgeshire.
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