Sheffield Cutlers Hall
Around 40 student nurses, health workers and patients gathered outside Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall on Thursday last week to protest against Virgin Healthcare’s attempt to make profits from the NHS.
Virgin wants to run GP surgeries that will provide private medicine in addition to NHS-employed doctors.
Most of the doctors invited to Virgin’s launch took the leaflets and petitions handed out by the protesters, saying they disagreed with the privatisation of GP services.
Some 600 people marched in Sidcup, south London, against the proposed loss of services provided by Queen Mary’s Hospital. The NHS trust wants to downgrade the hospital by closing the accident and emergency, children’s and maternity units.
More than 200 people flocked to Chippenham Town Hall last week to pledge to stop the loss of 33 beds at Chippenham hospital.