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Greedy hospital firms look to cash in

Issue No. 2348

Over 400 people marched in York

Over 400 people marched in York (Pic: Andrew Collingwood)

NHS boss and GP Mike Dixon this week called for hospitals to downsize or close.

He claimed this would help patients by freeing up money for community health services.

In reality private firms will find it easier to snap up contracts to run smaller community services and undercut the NHS.

Meanwhile campaigners continued to fight the Tories’ attacks on the NHS.

Over 400 marched in York, over 500 in Brighton and 150 in Wigan on Saturday of last week.

Campaigners in Wigan attacked hospital management’s claim that Save Wigan A&E campaign is “scaremongering”. 

Brighton’s Royal County Hospital faces cuts of £30 million, announced by new chief executive Matthew Kershaw. 

Kershaw previously slashed maternity and children’s services and the A&E at Lewisham Hospital.

Campaigners called for the TUC to organise a national demonstration to defend the NHS.

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Tue 9 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2348
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