Derbyshire Labour will next week join Mums on The People’s March who are marching from Jarrow to Parliament to campaign to save the NHS from privatisation and cuts. The Mums will march through Chesterfield on the 26th and 27th August as part of the 999 Call for the NHS campaign.
Labour councillors will welcome the march into Derbyshire and join a rally in Chesterfield, before the Mums set off to Mansfield. The join point for the march in Chesterfield is the Cock and Magpie Pub in Old Whittingham on the 26th. The rally will take place on the 26th at 5.30pm in the New Square or Market Hall if it rains.
The public and supporters are welcome and encouraged to join the march or take part in the rally.
Derbyshire Labour and marching Mums want to highlight their concerns at the privatisation of the NHS. The Tories promised at the last general election that there would be “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS” but the Health and Social Care Act voted into law by Tory and Lib Dem MPs has opened up the NHS to privatisation. Under Section 75 of the Government’s reforms private companies must be allowed to bid to run NHS services. As a result 70% of all new NHS contracts in England have gone to the private sector in the last 12 months.
Speaking at the rally, Anne Western, Labour Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said:
“This is a great campaign to raise awareness of what the Tory and Lib Dem government is doing to our NHS. The NHS is there for us and our families when we are desperately in need. Without it we wouldn’t be able to afford the health care we need.
But the NHS is slipping through our fingers.
The Tory and Lib Dem government has already started selling off our NHS. Over 100 NHS services across England, from radiology departments to local GP clinics, are now being run by Virgin Care and other private companies. You probably wouldn’t even know if your GP clinic was now in private hands as the vultures buying up our services operate under the NHS logo. On top of that the NHS budget has been cut by £20bn, meaning 6,000 nurses have been lost since 2010.
The Tories have already started discussing charging us to go and see our GP if they win in 2015. The NHS free at the point of use is under threat and we need people to join this campaign and bring our NHS back into public ownership.
The choice is clear. If Labour win the next general election we will repeal the Tory and Lib Dem Health and Social Care Act and bring the NHS back into public ownership. But we still need to campaign hard to raise awareness and make sure people know the consequences of another 5 years of David Cameron.”
Follow the link to find out about The People’s March and the route details – http://999callfornhs.org.uk/the-march/4583609408