York TUC support the regional ‘Reclaim your NHS’ demonstration to be held in York on Saturday 6th April, 12 noon starting at York Minster.
The organisers say:
It is now one year since the Coalition forced through the Health and Social Care Act despite opposition from doctors, nurses and the public. The Act:
- Flung the doors of the NHS wide open to “any qualified provider”. Big companies like Virgin, Serco and Circle have already won huge contracts and more than 100 other firms have been given the green light to carve up the NHS and make fat profits for their shareholders.
- Raised the limit on private health care in NHS Hospitals from around 2 % to 49% encouraging a 2 tier service within the same hospital.
- Removed the legal duty on the government to provide health care for all.
If we do nothing, the NHS will be lost to us and our children. We can expect more rationing of operations, postcode lotteries and a rapid slide towards an insurance based health care system like that in the US, where millions have no right to free health care, costs of bureaucracy are sky high, outcomes are poor, corruption is rife and thousands are bankrupted each year by falling ill despite having insurance.
Nye Bevan said that the Health Service would last as long as there are people left to fight for it – here’s one chance to stand up and fight.
Assemble 12 noon at York Minster
Rally in St. Sampson’s Square 1-2pm
The demonstration is organised by Defend our NHS/ Keep Our NHS Public groups from York, Leeds, Hull, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Harrogate.
For further details visit the Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/317304915059362/
Visit the Defend NHS York site at http://defendournhsyork.wordpress.com/