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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 November 2006

Thousands march to save NHS

Now build for further action

THOUSANDS OF people descended on parliament on 1 November to demonstrate their anger at the devastating cuts and closures to the National Health Service. They came from all over the country. from Yorkshire to the south coast. From areas where the local hospital, which thousands rely on, is due to close, or from one of the towns where the accident and emergency, or birthing unit and other wards are to be axed.

Nurses came in their uniforms and marched with banners saying: "Save Our NHS." And hundreds waved the Socialist Party placards calling for a national demonstration.

The march was to the TUC lobby of parliament but lobbying parliament is not enough.

No part of the NHS is safe in this government's hands. 20,000 jobs have gone. Cuts are planned across the board as hospitals are forced to 'balance the books', which means in ordinary language, making slashing cuts.

Meanwhile, the private health care sharks are waiting in the wings to buy up NHS services. That's why the march to parliament was clear in its demand to stop privatisation. These cuts are about privatisation of the NHS from top to bottom.

National campaign

The London Region of the National Pensioners' Convention had done an important job in caling the demo and using it to bring together NHS campaigners from all over the country.

Denise Wood, from Hinkley and Bosworth Pensioners explained why she was there: "The NHS is the jewel in our crown. Without it, we are nothing. I think all the nurses and other health workers who have come on this demo should be proud of being here at the beginning of a massive, national campaign."

The calls for a nationally co-ordinated campaign which can unite local groups and trade unionists are becoming stronger and this organisation is coming together at grass roots level.

Two weeks ago in Nuneaton eight campaign groups from around the country met to set up People United Saving Hospitals (PUSH). They have called another national meeting for 2 December.

Vanessa Casey, one of the organisers of PUSH, told the socialist: "This is a brilliant demo. We've had a great response on the streets and we've met loads of people from different campaigns from all round the country. We have invited every local campaign to come to our meeting on 2 December and we want to have an inaugural day of action across the country on Friday 15 December."

The response from Wednesday's demonstration for this co-ordinating meeting was tremendous. We now have to campaign to make it as big as possible. The main call of those backing the Nuneaton meeting is for the unions to immediately name the day for a mass national demo.

Let's build on the march and lobby of parliament. Hundreds of people signed up to be part of a national campaign, lets give them the opportunity to do just that.

PUSH meeting. Saturday 2 December, 2pm. Ex-servicemen's Club, Coton Road, Nuneaton.

For more information contact: or Lois Austin on 020 8988 8777.

Rally for socialism

Saturday 25 November, 6.30pm-9pm

Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1.

Speakers include: Len Hockey, Whipps Cross hospital UNISON joint branch secretary, personal capacity. Councillor Jackie Grunsell, Huddersfield Save Our NHS. Mark Serwotka, general secretary PCS civil servants' union, personal capacity. Tommy Sheridan, Solidarity MSP. Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

This rally is part of Socialism2006, the Socialist Party's annual weekend of discussion and debate. For further details see:

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