Nurses from Whipps Cross hospital in east London demonstrated against the cuts last Saturday. Around 350 staff and their supporters marched through Leyton and Walthamstow.
Some chanted, “PFI no way! Not our debt, we won’t pay!” A group of largely Filipino nurses led the march, with a homemade banner saying “Nurses deserve respect and dignity”.
A&E nurse Roderick Villarico said, “We’re nurses, but we’re also part of the community that depends on Whipps Cross. If they degrade the nurses, the good ones will leave. But our community deserves good nurses and a good hospital.”
Local activist Mary Burnett said, “We have to fight PFI. Even a Tory on the public accounts committee called it the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’.”
Demonstrate outside Royal London Hospital Tuesday 8 October 5pm called by Newham Save our NHS, Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public and Waltham Forest Save the NHS.
Over 120 people packed out Friends Meeting House in Brighton at a meeting organised by Sussex Defend the NHS last Wednesday.
Speakers included Green MP Caroline Lucas and Stephen McLean, a mental health nurse and local Unison activist.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust bosses have announced £30 million of cuts. The meeting heard about the threat to services at Sussex County and Princess Royal hospitals.
This is in addition to the removal of A&E and maternity service at Eastbourne General, and the ongoing crisis in the ambulance service.
Activists at the meeting urged everyone to support the national TUC demonstration in Manchester.
The GMB union announced that a demonstration has been called against the hospital cuts and privatisation in Brighton on Saturday 2 November.