Around 100 people joined a protest outside the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) on Thursday of last week. It was called in 24 hours after news that the Health and Social Care Bill had been passed.
Medical student Jonathan Broad, a member of the BRI’s nursing staff, told the crowd, “Private health providers will be taking over what have been free, public health services.”
The protest was followed by a funeral march through the city centre on Saturday.
Around 75 people marched through Chorley, Lancashire, to defend the NHS.
The protest was called by the local Unite union branch.
Kidney patients protested outside their dialysis unit in Birmingham last week after health care assistants were made redundant by private company Fresenius.
The Unite union executive voted last week to approach the TUC to call a national weekend demonstration for the NHS—and for Unite to call one itself if the TUC refuses.
Campaigners in Camden are set to protest over the closure of privatised GP surgeries.Assemble Thursday 29 March,
1:30pm, St Pancras Hospital,
London NW1 0PE
Unison members struck at Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS headquarters this week as part of rolling action over NHS pensions in Scotland.
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