Jeremy Corbyn to join biggest NHS protest yet

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged "everyone who cares for our NHS" to join him at a major demonstration in London next month.

Mr Corbyn made the call today as tens of thousands are set to join the biggest ever national demonstration for the NHS on Saturday 4 March.

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The demonstration, called by anti-austerity organisation the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together, takes place with the NHS facing the biggest crisis in its history.

The protest will demand:
*a fully funded, publicly owned, NHS & social care service
*No cuts, no closures, no privatisation
*End the pay restraint for NHS staff

Mr Corbyn said: "Labour created the NHS to care for us all. Now it’s time to care for the NHS.

"After seven years of a Conservative Government we’re experiencing the worst NHS winter crisis on record because the Tories are cutting funding and privatising social care and the NHS. 3.9 million people are waiting for treatment in our NHS,

"1.8 million people are waiting 4 hours or more in A&E and one in four of us waiting a week or more to see or speak to a GP or nurse, or even not getting an appointment at all.

"The crisis in social care means 1.2 million desperate people not getting the help they need. Our children, our parents and our grandparents are going without the care they need and deserve.

"The NHS is the Labour Party’s proudest creation. It was created because we know that health care free at the point of use is a human right. The Labour Party is committed to giving social care and our National Health Service the funding it needs to repair the damage done by the Tories and so no one goes without the care they need.

"So join me and everyone who cares for our NHS on Saturday 4 March national demonstration to demand healthcare system that we all deserve."

Jeremy Corbyn, who will address the rally in Parliament Square, will also be joined by a range of speakers representing NHS workers, unions, campgins and celebrities including; John McDonnell MP, Julie Hesmondhalagh, Len McCluskey, Jacqui Berry, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir (2015 Xmas No.1).

Nurse and UNISON NEC member Jac Berry warned "The years of ongoing pay restraint has created a crisis of recruitment and retention in nursing."

She claimed it was a "conscious strategy to demoralise hard working NHS staff so they can push through their cuts and privatisation agenda with minimal resistance."

Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly, said "The Tories are allowing the NHS to decend into chaos so they can pick apart our health service, sell it off to their mates in big business, and destroy one of our most treasured institutions. They lied when they said the NHS was 'safe in their hands' and have continued to lie while doing nothing to address the growing crisis in the NHS. We wont stop until we see the back of this government."


NOTES
- #OurNHS national demonstration will assemble outside Virgin Care offices in Tavistock Square, London at 12pm, Saturday 4 March and will march to Parliament Square.

- Full list of speakers will be available next week. Other information about the demonstration can be found at www.ournhs.info

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  • commented 2017-02-28 07:34:24 +0000
    Not bad is it, this government claim they are putting vast amounts of money into the NHS and it’s in crisis. Now we find out that education is in crisis, there is talk about cutting the school week down to 4 days then cutting out visits and outings, one head as resigned because they cannot manage the school with the funding they get. This government say their putting record amounts into education, well Mrs May the British public want to know why if you are funding these two organisations with record funding what the bloody hell is happening, someone is telling lies and there is no doubt who it is.
  • commented 2017-02-23 03:54:44 +0000
    Devastated by what is happening to our NHS! However I am disabled and on "benefits " so cannot get to London. Is there a local march?
  • commented 2017-02-23 01:32:02 +0000
    We have only one year left of the NHS , these marches need a couple of million. Please join us
  • commented 2017-02-22 22:24:53 +0000
    Stand up for the NHS before it’s too late. If it goes then it will be gone for all future generations and the rest of our lives. Even those who can afford private healthcare will regret it as it will result in all of society being destroyed through sickness and disease. It’s crucial to act now and let the Tories know that the NHS is here to stay. Selling off chunks or privatisation will never happen if we all unite. 4th March Noon. Show Mayhem that we mean business. Greedy Tories will never again profit from ANY privatisation of our services that were created by the Labour Party for all the people.

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