Health Campaigns Together has called a national demonstration in London on 4th March . Lancaster branch has been working with other local activists and organised a coach to the NHS march in London (see below). The time has come to demonstrate the breadth and depth of support for the NHS and anger and opposition to the destructiveness of Tory policies. The Royal College of Nursing and the BMA have both now joined the growing list of local and regional organisations involved.
Our National Health Service is at breaking point. On the backdrop of gross underfunding, private companies are taking on more contracts, breaking up more of the NHS. The value of NHS staff salaries has reduced by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone. By March the “winter crisis” will not be over and the savage cuts in the so-called Sustainability and Transformation Plans will start to be evident. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service.
The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed. We must march together, sending a clear message to the government; “the NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it.” This could be a massive demonstration, bringing together the growing number of community campaigns with the trade union movement.
The NHS is held in great affection and people fear its destruction. The Tories are weak on this issue and we must ensure that we have a massive demonstration that will help to focus the discontent in this country. Please come on the march if you can. The coach to London will be picking up at Carnforth, Lancaster and probably Preston. We have a few places left on the coach. If you want to book a seat, please contact Deborah Finn on 07709 546280 or firstname.lastname@example.org Seats are £20 for a return ticket.