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Protest shows anger at Lansley's Question Time

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2274

Health workers, anti-cuts activists and students joined the protest at Queen Mary College  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Health workers, anti-cuts activists and students joined the protest at Queen Mary College (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The BBC’s Question Time was filmed behind rows of police at Queen Mary College, east London, on Thursday of last week.

Over 100 students, medical workers and anti-cuts activists laid siege to the studio and picketed guest Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley.

The protest was called at short notice. But it quickly tapped into the anger at the Health and Social Care bill, passed through the House of Lords last week.

Lansley arrived early to avoid the protesters. But panellists and audience members raised the protest in the debate.

Lansley had to admit that doctors and nurses as a whole were opposed to his bill, and complained about how he had been “misunderstood”.

But on the protest medical student Emma Blamey said, “I’m becoming a doctor to help the people who need it, not to make money.

“There are so many people who depend on the NHS. The thought of turning them away makes my toes curl.”


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Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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