The Region Welcomes The People’s March
28 Aug 2014
The People’s March for the NHS from Jarrow to London was welcomed by thousands of GMB members and supporters across the region as it made its way through our towns and cities as part of the 300-mile journey to Parliament. GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is supporting the People’s March for the NHS which takes the form of the NHS Jarrow - London Crusade as it travels down the country.
The People’s March for the NHS is organised by a group of local mums in Darlington in defence of the NHS. It is following the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade. It is taking three weeks to cover 300 miles with 21 overnight stops. It started in Jarrow on Saturday16th August.
Rehana Azam GMB National Officer and one of the marchers, said: “Hospital services across the country are being shut down at an alarming rate. We are not only marching to support a fair funding in the NHS budget, but to overturn the Health & Social Care Act which has enforced privatisation of profitable NHS services, and has allowed them to be axed elsewhere. As mums with young kids we see it as our civic duty to try and save the NHS before our children grow up.”
One of those supporting the People’s March is Labour MP Clive Efford. This Autumn, he’s putting forward a Bill in Parliament to stop the sell off, and give us our health service back.
David Cameron is selling off our NHS, piece by piece and we’re all paying the price. It’s getting harder to see a GP, staff have been cut and waiting lists are going up.
Add your name to back the Bill to put public health - not private profit - back at the heart of our NHS.
The NHS is our health service – together we can fight to save it.