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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 (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.
- Exeter Socialist Party has a meeting about what is needed to defend the NHS at Exeter Community Centre, St David's Hill, Thursday 8 December
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In The Socialist 7 December 2016:
What we think
No more concessions to Labour right!
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight for a socialist Brexit
Conservatives humiliated in Richmond
Newham council to sack up to 1,300
Slump in unfair dismissal cases - scrap tribunal fees!
Workers can fight Uber-style care
Them & Us
Food banks feature
Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes
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"
International socialist news and analysis
Victory at Standing Rock: US authorities agree to re-route oil pipeline
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
Socialist Party workplace news
Durham TAs force Labour to suspend pay cuts
Protest against Glasgow Labour's scab workforce plan to defeat Unison strike
Crossrail action in defence of victimised union rep
Unison members barely earning the living wage in some universities
Sacked bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose calls for living wage 'protection'
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Bolton council gives £300k to solicitors while making swingeing cuts
Reading TUSC writes to Labour councillors to demand cuts fight
John Sharpe: 1953-2016
Obituary: John Sharpe: 1953-2016
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