Campaigners across Britain were set to celebrate the NHS’s 63rd birthday this week—and pledge to defend it from the Tories.
In London, the Keep Our NHS Public group worked with the Unite union to organise a march.
Elsewhere, the Unison union organised a host of events, with activists planning protests outside a third of hospitals in the north west of England.
Health workers plan to demonstrate against health secretary Andrew Lansley when he visits a conference of private healthcare firms in Manchester on Thursday this week.
Over 80 people packed into a public meeting against threats to close or privatise Trafford general hospital in the city last week.
Bosses there want to merge with another Trust as they say its costs are now “unsustainable”.
Older residents feared that Tory plans would plunge health services back to the “bad old days” when doctors charged for visits and many medicines were too expensive for working class patients.