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Junior doctors' protests spread to Manchester

by Lewis Nielsen in Manchester
Issue No. 2473

More than 800 junior doctors marched in Manchester tonight, Tuesday, to chants of “Tories out!” and “strike, strike, strike”. 

This follows a 3,000-strong demonstration in London on Monday night, which saw doctors march on Downing Street and block White Hall. 

The doctors were protesting against Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans to impose new contracts. 

They would slash pay by up to 40 percent, rip apart terms and conditions and put patient safety at risk. 

Rory Hicks, a junior doctor in Oldham, was on the protest. He told Socialist Worker, “We’re at breaking point already. These further attacks have made us furious because we know the NHS will crumble if they go through.”

“I fear for the future of the NHS unless we fight for it”. 

They now plan to organise a junior doctors bloc on the TUC demo in Manchester on Saturday to take the fight to the Tories’ conference.

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Tue 29 Sep 2015, 21:58 BST
Issue No. 2473
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