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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 March 2017
Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service
Collecting signatures photo William Jarrett (Click to enlarge)
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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In The Socialist 22 March 2017:
What we think
Tory splits brought to the surface - Corbyn must go on the attack
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tories scrap housing benefit for under-21s
Fight Tory attacks on women and children
Socialists demand reply to Livingstone's smear of Militant
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Northern Ireland: divisive election a warning
Jobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest
Netherlands: Heavy defeat for austerity government
Yemen: families left to starve by multinationals
Workplace news and analysis
Merseyrail guard found not guilty of "endangering safety"
End the seven-year public sector pay cap!
Aslef offer: unity needed with the RMT
Battle steps up in Unite general secretary election
Derby TAs' strike suspended after new offer
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
March against racism: Refugee Rights has lively bloc
We'll fight to save our NHS!
Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners
Join the march against NHS cuts and privatisation in Cumbria
Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service
East London demonstration against A&E closure
Salford: International Women's Day meeting
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
"After seeing the branch's effect in the community, I decided to join"
'I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people'
Precise, visceral account of working class heroism
The Socialist inbox
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