Health Campaigns Together & The People’s Assembly have called for a Day of Protest on Saturday 3 February in response to the worsening Winter Crisis
Our NHS is in a serious crisis. Ambulances queuing for hours to hand over seriously ill patients, patients left in corridors waiting for beds, operations postponed, and mental health patients taken hundreds of miles to find a bed.
Theresa May & Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a hollow apology and deny any crisis! But the problem comes from deliberate government policy of cuts, bed closures, pay restraint and privatisation. Our NHS has been starved of funding with inadequate investment in staff and resources. 8,000 front line beds and 20% of mental health beds have closed. Eight years of below inflation pay settlements have contributed to 100,000 vacant posts for health professionals – leaving no spare capacity for peaks of demand & increasing the pressure on the dedicated staff who remain.
We don’t want apologies, we demand change. On 3 February we are organising a national day of action – an emergency demonstration in London and nationwide protests to demand:
End the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget
Commit to increased funding each year
End the cap on NHS pay
No cuts, no closures, no privatisation
Emergency Demonstration – London
Assemble: 12noon, Gower Street, London WC1E (near UCL Hospital)
Rally: Trafalgar Sq or Whitehall (to be confirmed)
Please head to The People’s Assembly website for transport details.