Press release: TUSC supports save BPAS campaign – 31 March 2015

Save the Bangladeshi Parent Advisory Service!

Bangladeshi parents of children with complex disabilities and learning disabilities are calling on Barts Health to reinstate funding and the service. Parents have depended for thirty years on a team of experienced bilingual advisors providing counselling and support, which is now being cut back severely, with down banding and role change for staff and parents are desperate. They have asked for support and are desperate about how they will manage without the service they have now.

A very good demo on 30 March 2015, the day before the cuts to the service were due to start, marched to Mile End hospital to demand to speak to the associate director responsible for the decision. Despite – or perhaps because of – knowing the demonstrators were coming they were not in. But the point was made loud and clear that the Bangladeshi Parent Advisory Service should be saved. The associate director responsible for the Bangladeshi Parent Advisor Service was ‘not in’, despite – or perhaps because of – knowing the demonstrators were coming.

Tower Hamlets TUSC supports the campaign. Our candidates sent messages of support to the march:

Glyn Robbins, Bethnal Green and Bow:
“This campaign has the 100% support of TUSC. It is disgusting that this vital service is under threat, but it’s indicative of the wider threat to our NHS. Good health is not just about medicine. It’s about well-being and understanding, exactly the kind of things the BPA does.”

Hugo Pierre, Poplar & Limehouse:
“I am happy to give my full support to your campaign to save this service.
The cuts to NHS budgets are affecting not only patient care but also services that affect the most vulnerable in society. Support and guidance services are essential for families dealing with disability of their children. Advocacy services and independent advice are enshrined in legislation, but these are the first options to cut when Health Services face budget deficits.
I fully support your campaign and will do whatever I can to support this service continuing for Bangladeshi children and their parents.”

What you can do to support the campaign
Please write letters of protest to:

Stephen O’Brien, Chair of Barts Health, the Royal London Hospital , 80 Newark St E1 2ES

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent E14 2BG

(please send copies to the campaign c/o ayshavp@hotmail.co.uk)

Save BPAS march placards 30-3-15Save BPAS march arriving 30-3-15

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