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February 6, 2013 by Protect Our NHS
I’ve had a lot of people asking how it is possible to make the local 38 Degrees campaigns work on a national basis. One colleague from the South West writes:
We may need to structure the campaign into National, Regional and then Local Authority – with 38 Degrees driving the campaign nationally. Within England there are 9 regions that have common and specific issues relating to the NHS and the reforms. If you look at the SW and Eastern regions we cover predominantly rural areas where access to services, transport and establishing effective communication presents many challenges. The more urban regions e.g London Boroughs have closer proximity to services although they may have other issues that we don’t experience. The South West has 16 Local Authorities that cover an area the size of Norway so how do we communicate effectively across our region. I suggest that we need a regional contact point/organisation that communicates with 38Degrees at a National level and then disseminates out to each of the 16 local authority campaign groups or leads. We could host regional virtual and physical conferences or events that link to the other 8 regions through 38 Degrees nationally. Or 38 Degrees could compile and establish a national and regional network, although I personally think it is better to have someone based in the region who understands the specific issues.
In the SW there are the following Authorities: Bristol; North Somerset; Dorset: Poole; Bournemouth, S. Glos; Somerset; BANES; Cornwall;Devon; Plymouth; Wiltshire; Torbay; Gloucestershire; Swindon; Isles Of Scilly; Do we have a contact in each of these authorities and is there a regional organisation that could coordinate the SW network and campaigns ? Or perhaps this is a bit over the top!