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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2017

Angry about cuts? Worried about privatisation?

Support the NHS? Join the march!

NHS campaigners protesting outside Tory conference in 2014, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS campaigners protesting outside Tory conference in 2014, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

#ItsOurNHS national demo - Saturday 4 March, 12pm, Tavistock Square, London, WC1

Scott Jones

The NHS was founded to provide healthcare for everyone. Yet increasingly, cuts mean NHS services are becoming 'no longer viable' or harder to access. The BBC reckons two-thirds of hospital services in England are about to be scaled back.

Not surprising when government plans, called sustainability and transformation plans, will result in a massive 22 billion cut in NHS spending over the next five years - about a fifth of the overall NHS budget.

From closures of A&Es in Yorkshire and children's heart services in Leicester to health worker pay freezes and unsafe junior doctor contracts, the NHS is really in crisis.

Glenfield hospital demo, Feb 2017, photo S. Seaton

Glenfield hospital demo, Feb 2017, photo S. Seaton   (Click to enlarge)

Workers do everything humanly possible to keep the NHS going but there's only so much they can do to stave off the "humanitarian crisis" taking place.

That's why campaigners and workers will unite on 4 March to protest in defence of the NHS. Campaigners who recognise that their threatened local service is one of many and workers who, while fighting for proper pay and conditions, also recognise this is a fight for the very survival of our NHS.

The biggest health union, Unison, is the latest to back the march, succumbing to the huge pressure from its members who are at the coalface. Junior doctors will be on the demo, a year on from their heroic struggle against unsafe conditions.

Join them and join us to tell NHS bosses, NHS-cutting politicians and the privateers that we are going to fight to save our NHS.

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