Health activists, trade unionists, academics, MPs and celebrities have come together to launch a new campaign to oppose further attacks on the NHS.
Signatories to the launch statement for the Keep Our NHS Public campaign include Unison union general secretary Dave Prentis, 19 professors of medicine, poet laureate Andrew Motion and former health secretary Frank Dobson.
The launch statement warned that New Labour’s policies would increasingly prioritise profits above patient needs and lead to cuts to services.
The campaign was launched as the Labour conference opened in Brighton, with the party leadership likely to lose a crucial vote on a motion on the future of the NHS. The motion, critical of the creeping privatisation of the health service, was submitted by the Unison union.
The influential British Medical Association (BMA) also warned last week that NHS trusts were facing a dire financial crisis.
In a BMA survey of medical directors in England, three quarters of respondents reported that their trust faced a funding shortfall and a third expected to make cuts to beds, staff or treatment as a result.
Meetings backed by Keep Our NHS Public are set to take place in Bristol on 30 September, Walsall on 1 October and Swindon on 5 October.
For more information and meeting details go to www.keepournhspublic.com