Hundreds marched through the streets of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire to defend their local hospital last Saturday.
They were protesting against a plan to privatise the management of Hinchingbrooke hospital.
NHS campaigner Wendy Savage told the rally, “We know that three quarters of the public don’t want the private sector in the NHS.”
She pointed out that Hinchingbrooke could be the first of a wave of hospitals to be outsourced.
And Martin Booth, chair of Cambridge health Unison, said, “These companies will slash services and try to turn the hospital into a business.”
Union activists, the Right to Work campaign, Keep Our NHS Public and Whittington hospital campaigners from north London all joined the protest.