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Reclaiming Our NHS: activists challenge government's assault

Issue No. 2309

Around 400 people gathered at the Reclaiming Our NHS conference last Saturday in London. The conference was jointly organised by the NHS Support Federation and Keep Our NHS Public.

Speakers included Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee. She said the government’s attacks on the NHS are “a template for their plan for all services”.

She added that the plan was “completely insane because the NHS is the issue that is going to bring this government down”.

John Lister, who recently produced a study into A&E closures, said, “We need some very specific campaigning, but the more we build a unity of purpose, the more we can defend the public sector.”

Activists argued that, since privatisation will be implemented unevenly across Britain, there was a need to campaign at a local and a national level.

Activists discussed protesting outside and inside council scrutiny meetings and targeting private firms as well as building the national TUC demo on 20 October.

Celebrate the NHS to keep Virgin out of it. Keep Our NHS Public protests across the country Saturday 30 June.

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Tue 26 Jun 2012, 17:32 BST
Issue No. 2309
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