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Network to defend NHS

Issue No. 2244

Health workers were to meet in London this week to set up a new network to resist the Tories’ cuts to the NHS.

The Tories’ Health Bill threatens to open up the NHS even more to the private sector through GP commissioning. Many hospitals are facing job cuts.

The launch of the Health Worker Network follows a 1,000-strong demonstration of workers and campaigners in east London earlier this month.

When they marched past Deutsche bank, banker Robert Camus held up a £10 note and taunted protesters. The outrage at his behaviour was such that his bosses have sacked him.

He has now left his £650,000 home in Kensington, but has fled with a £50,000 bonus paid to all investment bankers at the firm last month.

Campaigners now plan to march to the bank from London and Barts hospitals on Thursday of next week at 5pm to demand an official apology.

This is on the same day that teachers will strike in Tower Hamlets and Camden.

They also want Camus to hand over his huge bonus to the cuts-hit Barts’ cancer ward.

The TUC has organised an All Together for the NHS day on Friday 1 April, with workplace meetings and protests planned against cuts to health.

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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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