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NHS demonstration as local campaigners join national “NHS in Crisis–Fix it Now” protests

Monday, 29 January 2018 11:35
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Press Release – 29/01/2018 – Stroud Against the Cuts

NHS demonstration as local campaigners join national “NHS in Crisis–Fix it Now” protests

Contact: James Beecher 07734 058789

·         Protestors will gather at The Cross in Gloucester from 12noon on Saturday 3rd February.

·         They will form a “waiting line” to represent the growing waiting lists for treatment and people forced to wait in corridors or ambulances as they wait for care in A&Es around the country.

·         The demonstration will be followed by a meeting for campaigners to discuss next steps from 1.30pm.

·         Organisations Stroud Against the Cuts, Cheltenham and Gloucester Against Cuts and Hands Off Lydney and the Dilke hospitals have joined forced to arrange the protest – which will coincide with a massive demonstration in London and other local protests around the country.

·         Facebook event: NHS in Crisis - Fix it Now protest - Gloucestershire.

James Beecher from Stroud Against the Cuts said: “The government is underfunding the NHS by at least £22billion between now and 2020. Gloucestershire faces over £200 million in cuts and a £100 million hole in their capital budget. This financial pressure follows over seven years of the same. This has resulted in chronic bed shortages around the country. Waiting times are getting longer, operations have been postponed and people have died waiting for care.”

He added: “Locally, we’ve seen Cheltenham A&E cease to be a full 24/7 A&E, and Minor Injuries Units around Gloucestershire have had their opening hours reduced. Fed-up GPs and other health workers are leaving after years of pay cuts. Plans to replace two of the county's community hospitals in the Forest of Dean with one have just been approved, potentially leading to a loss of another 20 beds. And services keep getting handed to private companies to run. The patient transport or non-emergency ambulance service has been appalling since it was handed to Arriva, and Out of Hours care is also now run by private company Care UK.”

Health Campaigns Together & The People's Assembly Against Austerity have called demonstrations on Saturday 3 February, under the title "END THE WINTER CRISIS, FUND #OURNHS".

Health Campaigns Together say: “The #NHSWinterCrisis has now descended into a perpetual year round crisis. A crisis that has brought staff to their knees and patients languishing and even dying in overcrowded waiting rooms and hospital corridors. It doesn't have to be this way. Let's be clear and call this what it is: an entirely manufactured political crisis by the Tories. It is time this Government stops blaming patients, nurses, doctors, immigrants, flu and the elderly for their shortcomings. It's time they start listening to the country - sick of empty promises from the mouths of cowardly politicians. The Tories must heed the call of the public, staff and patients alike who demand that #ourNHS is not only funded properly but brought back into public hands away from the waste and demands of shareholders and bankers' bonuses. On the 70th year of the NHS we created - We demand that #ourNHS is given back!"


Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 12:07