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Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service
William Jarrett, Newcastle Socialist Party
Battle Hill walk-in centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, is one of two walk-ins the clinical commissioning group chair and Richard Branson-admirer Dr John Matthews has slated for closure, following a sham consultation.
But Socialist Party members have initiated Save North Tyneside NHS to fight these attacks and the campaign is gaining support.
Word and deed
NHS activist and blogger Wendy Errington was the first Labour Party member to join the campaign, playing an excellent role, including marching with the Socialist Party at the recent national NHS demo. Now, Lesley Spillard, a Battle Hill ward Labour councillor and Corbyn supporter, has committed to join following the campaign's public invitation.
The Socialist Party welcomes Lesley to the campaign. We hope that she enjoyed reading the excellent coverage of the NHS demo in the copy of the Socialist, issue 940, she bought.
Our message to Labour councillors is clear - they must defend services, in word and deed. This includes voting against all cuts, closures, and 'sustainability and transformation plans'.
A meeting of the campaign decided to affiliate it to Health Campaigns Together which organised the recent 100,000-strong national demo. Support the work of Save North Tyneside NHS - like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SaveNTNHS
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