The People’s March for the NHS - Coming through our region 20th-27th August 2014

14 Aug 2014

“The People’s March is a perfect opportunity to build support for the NHS and to join up with amazing NHS campaigners across the country. Following the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, the People’s March for the NHS will head to Parliament. On route we aim to make the public aware of what the coalition Government has been doing to our NHS and what has been happening to our hospitals and health services.

It’s really hard to passively watch the rapid dismantling, privatisation and destruction of the NHS. First we had the Health & Social Care Act, then Section 75 and more recently Clause 119 of the Care Bill. The Government has legislated to open the NHS to the open market.  We believe every penny saved in the NHS should go back into improving and developing our NHS. We don’t want to see private companies operating in the NHS under the heading of ‘efficiency’ when we know they are accountable to their shareholders, who are only interested in maximum profit before patient health care.”

GMB members in the NHS and Yorkshire Ambulance Service need our help!!  It’s time to stand-up and defend OUR NHS. Join the march for a mile or two as it comes through your city or local area and come to one of the rallies - be part of the fight back.

THE ROUTE (Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region)
20th August - Northallerton to Ripon: Meet at the entrance of Bullamore Memorial Park next to the Friarage Hospital at 9.30 am (lunch at Burneston).
21st August - Ripon to Harrogate: Meet at Ripon Community Hospital at 10.00 am (lunch to be confirmed).
22nd August - Harrogate to Leeds: Meet at the Stray next to Harrogate Hospital at 9.30 am (picnic lunch at Harewood Estate).
23rd August - Leeds to Wakefield: Meet at Leeds Art Gallery at 9.30 am (lunch at the Half Way House - along A61).
There will also be a ‘feeder’ march from Dewsbury train station setting off at 9.00 am to join the main march in Wakefield.
24th August - Wakefield to Barnsley: Meet at Northgate/Westmoreland Street, Wakefield at 10.00 am (lunch to be confirmed).
25th August - Barnsley to Sheffield: Meet at Barnsley Hospital at 10.00 am (lunch to be confirmed).
26th August - Sheffield to Chesterfield: Meet at Sheffield Town Hall at 10.00 am (lunch at Graves Park/Meadowhead).
27th August – Chesterfield to Mansfield: Meet at Chesterfield Royal Hospital at 10.00 am (lunch at Bolsover Assembly Rooms).

For full route details and rally times click here.  For further information contact Joan Keane or Caroline Jones on 0845 337 7777
We look forward to marching with you!