Labour councillors have urged residents to support a London-wide demonstration against the Government’s plans to dismantle key elements of the capital’s NHS. The demo has been called by a coalition of London residents, medical staff, trade unions and health campaigners to raise awareness of what is being described as one of the biggest threats to the NHS since its inception. The rally comes following Government moves to introduce market competition and untrammelled privatisation to the NHS.
The rally takes place on Saturday 18th May in Central London. Meet campaigners from Tower Hamlets Keep our NHS Public at 11.30am outside Whitechapel tube, to join the main demonstration at 12 noon.
Last week it was revealed by Labour that local East London hospitals were suffering under the strain of Government changes and that they had missed their A&E targets in 20 of the last 26 weeks.
Labour’s spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Rachael Saunders, said:
“This is a chance for people to send a clear message to the Government that these disruptive top down changes to the NHS are not wanted.
“The NHS is a much loved national institution. This government have to realise that the public will stand up for our NHS. Patient care must come before private profit.”