The TUC backed the call for a national demonstration in defence of the NHS in the spring of 2007.
Gemma Richardson-Williams, a trainee radiographer, said that if privatisation continues then the NHS “will be no more than a logo for a group of corporate chains”. She accused the government of giving money that “should be spent on frontline care into the pockets of private company shareholders”.
Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, proposing the motion for the protest, said, “The NHS is in crisis with daily reports of cuts and job losses. What a waste Labour’s market madness in the NHS is. Health secretary Patricia Hewitt claims, the health service has had its best year yet.
“Perhaps she was thinking of the shareholders of private healthcare companies or the privateers making record profits from PFI or the accountancy firms making millions slashing jobs and sabotaging services.”
Prospect delegate Irene Danks said, “I am sick of hearing all of the PFI-PPP bullshit. It’s our NHS and it must be defended.”