Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A New Publication from Past Tense

Occupational Hazards
Occupying Hospitals: Some inspirations and issues from our history.

past tense have recently published a dossier on some of the history of
occupying hospitals in the UK, with some longer accounts of a couple of
occupations, and shorter summaries of some twenty others.

Through the 1970s, 80s and early 1990s, more than twenty hospitals were
occupied either by NHS workers or people from local communities, usually
to prevent closures of wards or buildings. Occupational Hazards recounts
the stories of some of these actions, with first hand accounts of some,
and raises some questions about who controls the occupations and work-ins.

Can tales of these events be useful the face of current closures in the
NHS? We hope this dossier can be something of a contribution to
discussions about what control workers and 'users' can have over the NHS,
how occupations could defend services that we have now, and what
possibility there might be of extending that control. 'Occupational
Hazards' is not a finished product, more of an opening of a conversation.

Format: A4.
Cover price: £5.
84 pages
plus 40 page supplement: 'Something Should be Done'

Occupational Hazards is available by post for £5 plus £1.50 P&P

from: Past Tense
c/o 56a Info Shop
56 Crampton Street,
SE17 3AE

or from the publications page at our website:

And is also available on the usual Sale or Return arrangements for shops
and distros.


1 comment:

  1. See also:
    Thoughts on the 30th anniversary of the eviction of the South London Women’'s Hospital occupation, July 1984 to March 1985...