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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 December 2016

Hundreds protest the decimation of Devon NHS

Protest in against degrading of Devon NHS in Exeter, 3.12.16, photo by Sean Brogan

Protest in against degrading of Devon NHS in Exeter, 3.12.16, photo by Sean Brogan   (Click to enlarge)

Sean Brogan, Exeter Socialist Party

Hundreds protested in the centre of Exeter on 3 December against the decimation and degrading of Devon's NHS. Coming from all points of the compass and forming 'red lines' of marchers from different parts of the city, they cheered and clapped speakers from the community and the labour and trade union movement.

Many came from communities that have organised themselves in the more rural areas and small towns. Loss of community hospitals will mean long journeys to city 'hubs' and the loss of the maternity services in north Devon district hospital will mean long journeys for pregnant mothers.

So-called 'social care' has been shown to be totally inadequate and calls were made for a halt to the plans by local commissioning groups. The stalls set up by both Exeter and Torbay & South Devon Socialist Party branches were almost overwhelmed as protesters mixed with Christmas shoppers rushing to sign petitions.

Hundreds of Socialist Party leaflets were handed out and there was a great sale of the Socialist and generous contributions to our fighting fund.

The protest was reminded of the next step - building for a national demonstration on 4 March.

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In The Socialist 7 December 2016:


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Workers can fight Uber-style care

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NHS crisis and fightback

NHS: Stop the Tory vandals

Hundreds protest the decimation of Devon NHS

Massive support in Stoke for action to save the NHS

Health campaigners in Yorkshire protest "slash and trash plans"


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Spain: Government forced back by Student Union mobilisations

Italy: Establishment routed - workers alternative needed

Portugal: No to witch-hunts - fight the capitalists not socialists

Austria: Far right temporarily halted

Sudan: General strike in defiance of regime


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Unison members barely earning the living wage in some universities

Sacked bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose calls for living wage 'protection'

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