Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2007

Save our NHS

Keep up the pressure for 3 March demo

HEALTH CAMPAIGNERS are angry that union leaders have not called a long-awaited national demonstration to defend the NHS for 3 March. Instead, the TUC-led NHS Together campaign is only calling regional protests on that day.

Lois Austin

A national demonstration would give a unified, national focus to local campaigns and health trade union branches fending off cuts, closures and job losses.

So far very few regional protests are being organised and health union activists are worried that, if the focus of a national demonstration is dropped, will anything will be organised to replace it? If it's left to the leaders, very little action will be organised on 3 March in the regions.

Campaigners in People United to Save Hospitals (PUSH), in Keep our NHS Public (KONP) and in some UNISON health branches, say the pressure for 3 March national demo has not finished yet. Protest letters and resolutions are needed to health union leaders demanding a national demonstration. Campaigns should still plan to come to London on that day, particularly if nothing is organised in their area.

The London NHS Together campaign is meeting on 24 January to plan its 3 March event. London KONP will lobby this meeting to make sure they organise a march and rally in central London. Campaigners want to ensure that union leaders build a campaign mobilising the largest possible numbers.

London KONP also agreed to push the unions in London to invite all those health campaigns around the country who plan to come to London, to join us on the march.

At the 20 January KONP conference in London, delegates should also discuss the possibility of KONP calling a national demonstration over the next few months, given the health union leaders' unwillingness to call one.

Activists cannot just accept the union leaders saying that no real struggle is possible to defend the NHS. The leaders of Britain's biggest unions are tied so closely to New Labour that they won't organise a serious struggle to jeopardise this relationship.

Potentially, the unions are the most powerful force for turning back government policy. Pushing the union leaders to act in our interests is crucial. Fighting locally, linking community campaigns with struggles in NHS workplaces will also develop health workers' confidence to take industrial action to defend their jobs, conditions and oppose privatisation.

But we must also be prepared to organise unofficial protests and demonstrations when the union leaders don't. The march to the TUC lobby on 1 November put pressure on the health union leaders. It brought campaigners together from around the country and set the tone for national demos on the NHS.

Let's not give up yet on a national demo in London on 3 March. We must fight for national action and a campaign to stop the privatisation juggernaut steaming through the health service.

NHS campaigns like PUSH are coming to London on 3 March. All campaigners should be telling the unions they intend to march and want their support.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 18 January 2007:

Labour ministers make us sick!

Keep up the pressure for 3 March demo

Socialist Students

Anger against top-up fees grows

War and terrorism

Iraq: Bush continues his dangerous blunder

Blair's vision: 'wars without end'

The Trial of Tony Blair

International socialist news and analysis

"We're moving towards a socialist republic of Venezuela" - Hugo Chávez

The veil and Muslim women

Sri Lanka: Urgent action needed

Fighting for a socialist world

Socialist Party news and analysis

Interest rate hike pushes up costs

Academies myths

What's behind the school leaving proposals?

Campaign for a new workers' party

Socialist Party workplace news

PCS stands firm on pensions

Fight the government's sell-off plans

Strike ballot put on hold once again

Re-instate Unique workers!

British Airways pensions

Fujitsu workers strike

'Single status' battle in Manchester

UNISON NEC elections


Home   |   The Socialist 18 January 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleToo much to cross the Mersey

triangleTories wreck our NHS


triangleProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

triangleTories Out demo - Photos

triangleFight for free education

triangleHundreds march against Labour council's development plan

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Justice for Tube cleaners demo



Salford Unison condemns pay cuts


Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike



Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP



Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish



No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!



Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg


John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation



Join the Orgreave Halloween rally



Workplace news in brief


Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights


Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs



Too much to cross the Mersey


Royal Mail

Set for national strike action



Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice