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Woman who tackled Lansley speaks out: ‘We all need to fight now or soon we won’t have an NHS’

June Hautot, who confronted Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley outside Downing Street, spoke to Socialist Worker

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“Lansley said he’s not trying to privatise the NHS. I said to him, ‘Codswallop, don’t lie to me!’

He’s only got to look at the contracts.

Look at Richard Branson for example, who’s bought £450 million worth of NHS community services in Surrey.

I oppose it because it’s direct privatisation.

I’ve been fighting for the NHS since 1979, when Margaret Thatcher’s Tories got in. They closed five hospitals in Wandsworth, south London, where I was a member of the community health council.

We campaigned for a whole year in St Benedict’s hospital, and had an occupation in the South London hospital.

We all people need to fight now. Privatisation is going through the back door and soon we won’t have universal healthcare in the NHS any more.

What people have to understand is that they are in safe hands with the NHS—but they won’t be in safe hands if NHS services go out to private firms.

These private companies won’t see you as a person. It’s just about figures, figures, figures for them.

I want to see the same healthcare for all—for rich and poor, not just the rich.

There should be nobody making money out of people’s misfortunes and ill health.

The Tories want to privatise everything. They’re looking after their friends in business. They don’t want any welfare state whatsoever.

As far as they are concerned, if you can’t afford to pay for something then you can’t have it. They don’t care if you’ve got health problems or disabilities.

They just care about making a profit for their rich friends.”

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Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
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