On Thursday 21st August around 30 marchers arrived in Harrogate as part of the People’s March for the NHS.
The march is following the 300 mile route of the historic Jarrow Crusade from Jarrow to Westminster. The marchers, led by a group of Darlington mothers, are protesting against the privatisation of the NHS and the dismantling of our health service through cuts.
A reception for the marchers was held at St. Peter’s Church in Harrogate town centre. Speakers included Lindis Percy, who worked in the NHS for 36 years and is the co-founder and co-ordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (http://www.caab.org.uk/). Dr. Richard Turner, former director of public health in South Leeds, spoke about the need for a publicly owned and publicly funded health service.
Trish, one of the marchers who is doing the entire 300 mile route, spoke from the heart about how much the NHS means to her. The NHS has kept her and her family alive and she wanted to say “a big thank you to the welfare state.” Trish stated that “we can afford the NHS, but this information is being kept from us and our welfare state is being dismantled by the government before our eyes. Why are we putting up with this? Don’t let them get away with it!”
Around 80 people met on the Stray near Harrogate Hospital on Friday 22nd August for the next leg of the march to Leeds.
Marchers gather on Harrogate Stray
For a report and video of the start of the march from the Harrogate Stray, see the Harrogate Advertiser at:
Defend the NHS!
A new Socialist Party booklet is available entitled “Defend the NHS!” The booklet is a compilation of articles by campaigners fighting to stop the destruction of the NHS. Articles include “Labour‘s betrayal”, “The Francis Report and the Mid-Staffordshire Trust” and “Fighting back in Lewisham, Mid-Yorkshire and Whipps Cross.”
The booklet also includes a socialist programme for the NHS, including:
- No cuts ; Axe the Health & Social Care Act
- End big business profiteering from the NHS
- End private medical practice
- Nationalise the pharmaceutical, medical supply industries & all private health providers
- Abolish Foundation Trusts & Clinical Commissioning Groups
- End NHS job losses and low pay
- A well-funded NHS free at the point of use
Copies of the booklet are available from Harrogate Socialist Party. Contact us at:
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