2018 is the NHS 70th Anniversary
Over 60,000 (Feb 2018) braved the rain and cold during the worst winter crisis to hit the NHS in it's history. Wolverhampton TUC were marching to defend our greatest achievement, a free at the point of service, publicly owned and publicly run universal NHS for all.
"The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it" Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
(photo by Luke Dray)
The NHS is facing one of the worst winter crisis in it's history, but it's a crisis not caused by the weather alone, it's caused by this Governments deliberate underfunding, cuts and privatisation. Along with Health Campaigns Together The People's Assembly are calling a demonstration to demand that the Government fix the NHS crisis now.
NHS IN CRISIS - FIX IT NOW national demo Saturday 3 February 2018 Unite the Union coaches provided free coach places
The #NHSWinterCrisis has now descended into a perpetual year round crisis. A crisis that has brought staff to their knees and patients languishing and even dying in overcrowded waiting rooms and hospital corridors.
It doesn't have to be this way.
When headlines report there is a "third world" crisis in the 6th richest country in the world, let's be clear and call this what it is: an entirely manufactured political crisis by the Tories.
It is time this Government stops blaming patients, nurses, doctors, immigrants, flu and the elderly for their shortcomings. It's time they start listening to the country who is sick of empty promises from the mouths of cowardly politicians. The Tories must heed the call of the public, staff and patients alike who demand that #ourNHS is not only funded properly but brought back into public hands away from the waste and demands of shareholders and bankers' bonuses.
On the 70th year of the NHS we created - we demand that #ourNHS is given back! We must end the NHS crisis now.
More info available soon on Peoples Assembly website here.
Police and press estimated 250,000 marched on Saturday 4 March 2017 in defence of our National Health Service.
We must fight to save the NHS from destruction. The threat is real. It is happening now. Hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are on their knees.
Private companies are gaining an ever greater foothold within the NHS. Years of pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010. The Government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans are a smokescreen for a massive programme of hospital and community service closures, and are its latest instrument for privatisation.
The NHS is one of our greatest achievements. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed. Join us on Saturday 4 March and send a clear message to this Government.
Our NHS is in a major crisis and this government is doing nothing to stop it. Some say the NHS only has one winter left in it.
On the backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS.
Continued pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone.
The Government's latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans are, in reality, just a smokescreen for £22bn in cuts and it's latest instrument of privatisation.
The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed by a Tory government who's priority is to put profit in the pockets on the corporations & big business.