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NHS campaigners set off on Jarrow march

Issue No. 2417

On the march to defend the NHS

On the march to defend the NHS (Pic: Simon Hall)

Health campaigners began a People’s March for the NHS last Saturday. 

The march set off from Jarrow, South Tyneside, and is due to arrive in London on Saturday 6 September.

Kathy Haq has worked as a nurse in the NHS for 46 years and is on the march. 

She explained, “We are marching today to fight for the NHS before it’s too late.”

The march is inspired by the Jarrow Crusade by unemployed workers in the 1930s.

Marcher Rehana Azam told Socialist Worker, “It was organised by a group of mums from Darlington and it’s far exceeded our expectations already.

“When we started off on Saturday, we had just over 1,000 people at the rally—and 400 marched with us from Jarrow to Chester Le Street.”

The Keep Our NHS Public campaign and the GMB union among others are backing the march.

 “We want to hold every politician to account who’s voted to destroy the NHS,” added Rehana.

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