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Health workers lobby parliament

Issue No. 2026

The health lobby (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The health lobby (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Thousands of health workers descended on parliament on Wednesday of last week to lobby MPs.

The lobby, organised by health workers, called for changes to government policy. Tony Gannon, a member of the T&G union, travelled to London from the Wirral, Merseyside.

“I work in the supply store and I’ve worked in the NHS since 1971,” he said.

Tony had direct experience of cuts to services at the two hospitals where he is based.

He said he could see little sign of the money the government says has been pumped into the NHS.

“New Labour promised to make the health service a priority,” he said, “but now all the money is going to management - not towards caring for patients.”

Pauline travelled from Worthing. She said, “They are talking about shutting our local hospital, Southlands.

“If they make these cuts, people will have to go to Brighton or Chichester for emergency services, and these are also being threatened.”

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Sat 11 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2026
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