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Protests at Branson's health bonanza

by Julie Sherry
Issue No. 2300

Protests hit Virgin stores as part of a day of action against NHS privatisation last Saturday.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care has grabbed hundreds of millions of pounds worth of contracts. Keep Our NHS Public called the action.

Over 100 activists targeted stores in Leeds, Northampton, Birmingham, Oxford and Waltham Forest and Oxford Street in London. A protest also hit the Virgin-sponsored London marathon last Sunday.

In London, protesters occupied the Virgin Media stall on Oxford Street. In Oxford 50 people joined the protest. “I am protesting today to protect the NHS,” said hospital ward clerk Carolyn Wheeler.

“No-one should be able to make a profit from sickness.”

Liz reported from Birmingham, “Save Our NHS West Midlands and Keep Our NHS Public campaigners were joined by nurses.

“Activists are planning to support the 10 May NHS strike, and to protest when Lansley visits for the NICE conference on 15-16 May.”

Thanks to Nick Evans

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Tue 24 Apr 2012, 16:25 BST
Issue No. 2300
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