Category: Newsletters

July 2021 bulletin and news

The July Bulletin can be downloaded here.

A report of the first 2 webinars can be downloaded. These virtual presentations replace the usual live NPC convention at the seaside.

‘Eccentric home of intellectuals is lost after 144 years’. This is a report about the Mary Feilding Guild care Home in the Ham & High on July 1st – Writer Francis Beckett on Mary Feilding Guild closure | Hampstead Highgate Express (

June 2021 bulletin

Find bulletin here. Our plans for a live meeting in June had to be cancelled, but you do have the opportunity to join with National Pensioners Convention webinars that replace the usual live Convention at Southport. Please invite members to join with you if you intend to attend.

Safeguard your NHS data. Urgent news from NPC.

Thank you to Sarah James outgoing Haringey Cabinet member for Adults and Health. Note that Sarah responded very quickly to the letter from Jan Shortt about the threat to Mary Feilding Guild Care Home.

Baroness Barran replied to Jan Shortt’s letter about Mary Feilding Care Home. However her advice is not helpful.

The National Pensioners Convention has published its horror that Mary Feilding Care Home has been closed and residents evicted.

The Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections are on 6 May 2021

Make sure you vote.

To vote by proxy contact [email protected] or 0208 489 1000

The London Region NPC asks candidates to comment on its manifesto.

April 2021 news and bulletin

Here is your April Bulletin

Mary Feilding Care Home

Several newspaper reports alert us to the sale of Mary Feilding Care Home, Highgate, where Hetty Bower, our founding member and Britain’s oldest anti-war campaigner, died aged 108 in 2013. Some of the present residents of over 100 years old have 3 months to find a new home.

Our MP, Catherine West, asks us to sign her petition here to halt the plans.

Press Coverage:

March 18th, Ham & High Broadway, page 6

March 25th, Ham & High Broadway, page 27 ‘MP calls for review of Mary Feilding Guild care home sale’, also a letter on page 20 from Haringey councillors calling for the sale and evictions to be stopped.

April 1st, Ham & High, pages 22 & 23 “‘We are united’ Mary Feilding Guild residents protest care home close.”
On page 19 of the same edition Sue Hessel, local campaigner for informal carers, asks how secure is our tenure when moving into a care home.

April 1st, Daily Express, “Shameful… it’s profit over people”

March 11th, Ham & High Broadway, page 17, Hornsey Pensioners column on our call for a public inquiry into Covid deaths.

For more information see Upcoming Events: Keep Our NHS Public

March 2021

We regret to announce that Patsy Pillay, our joint president died in February aged 96. Here she is on the left enjoying a party with Pamela Jefferys about 4 years ago. Find her obituary on page 2 of the March Bulletin. Our Joint President, John Boshier, gives his condolences.

The film originally shown at our HPAG meeting in September 2019 is her story that can be viewed at The last 19 minutes of her activity here in Muswell Hill was shown at the HPAG meeting.

The March Bulletin is here.

Protect the NHS:

‘Under Cover of Covid’ important changes are barely announced, such as the invitation to comment upon the white paper to be debated in parliament in April.  Our group rejected the proposals that would transform the NHS, allowing Integrated Care Systems to take a major role, with increased privatisation.  Together with Haringey Keep Our NHS Public we advise councillors and MPs to argue against the proposals. Here is sample letter that you could use to write to both your MP and to councillors.

Do you want St Ann’s Road Surgery run by a US company?

Privatisation of GP Surgeries in North Central London

As reported in Islington and Camden newspapers and in the BMJ, of the takeover of 50 GP practices by a US healthcare firm in North Central London.  Operose Health is a subsidiary of the US Company Centene. Thus the American health insurance company, CENTRENE, has now taken over 49 local surgeries in 19 London boroughs, affecting over 370,000 patients. At least 6 of these surgeries are in the North Central London area. They include: In Haringey  St Ann’s Surgery; in Islington Hanley Primary Care Centre N4; Mitchison Road Surgery N1; in Camden Kings Cross Surgery, St Pancras Hospital, Somers Town Medical Centre, Brunswick Medical Centre.

The decision to hand over the running of the practices  was taken in what is considered a covert manner by the North Central Commissioning Group(CCG) without local councils being informed. This is a disgraceful, underhand way to manage our NHS. We want private health care OUT of our NHS.

What can be done

  1. Information and Petition
  2. A public meeting is being held on 16th March at 4.00 – 5.30p.m. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Dr Louise Irvine, Councillor Nurullah Turan (Islington), Councillor Roger Robinson (Camden),  a Unison rep and Shirley Franklin will address the meeting. There will be plenty of time for participants to ask questions and make suggestions. 

Meeting ID: 872 5417 9080
Passcode: 446892

Our column in Ham & High Broadway