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Defend the NHS on Saturday 26 November

Issue No. 2530

TUC protest for the NHS in Manchester in 2013

TUC protest for the NHS in Manchester in 2013 (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Tories are ramping up their plans to break up and privatise the NHS.

Their vision was laid bare when Virgin Care was handed one of the most lucrative NHS and social care contracts ever, worth £700 million, last week.

But impressive local health campaigns show that defending the NHS could become a nationwide focal point for resistance.

We must seize Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a national day of action for the NHS on Saturday 26 November to do that.

The Labour leader called on “every Constituency Labour Party” to be “out in their community campaigning to defend our NHS”.

This has to be the beginning of a serious national campaign, not a one-off day of action.

It’s positive that Corbyn is making a big push around this.

“I want the CLP officers, the councillors, trade unionists and other activists, to work together to get as many of our members out on the streets,” he said. This must not be just a publicity stunt.

Labour leading big campaigns and looking out would not only bolster Corbyn—though it would do that. Mobilising outside parliament is how to win on these issues.

It will take mass protests and hard-hitting strikes by health workers to defend the NHS.

Corbyn’s call should boost trade unionists to push their leaders into the sort of action that can beat back the Tories’ assault.

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