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Protest called against health cuts in east London

Issue No. 2179

East London health workers have called a protest against privatisation and cuts in their NHS trust for Thursday of this week.

Yonatan Mosquera, of East London Mental Health Unison, told Socialist Worker, “Managment is privatising the cleaners at one of the sites in Hackney. There are 40 jobs on the line.

“And we know that this is just the beginning. It’s death by a thousand cuts.”

The protest was called over the privatisation but widened after a worker was attacked last week.

“They cut the nurses from three to two a night back in July,” says Yonatan. “We told them the risks but they went ahead anyway.”

And there are other concerns about the effects that the NHS trust’s cutbacks are having.

Yonatan says, “They’re changing our training sessions to 30-minute DVDs instead of a proper day’s training. How outrageous is that?

“We really want the whole community involved in the protest. The quality of NHS healthcare affects everyone.

“We’re fighting for jobs, healthcare, proper training. Every day something new is coming up, and it’s all linked.

“We’re against the wall – we have no choice but to fight back. Come and join us.”

Join the protest to support cleaners and catering staff, and stop nursing cuts, Thursday 26 November, 2pm, East London NHS Trust headquarters, 22 Commercial Street, London E1 2LP


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Tue 24 Nov 2009, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2179
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