Around 20 people have occupied the main meeting room at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust this afternoon (Friday).
They were part of a demonstration in Oxford against the privatisation of the NHS, which marched on the Trust’s headquarters.
Occupiers have put up banners in the office windows calling on health secretary Andrew Lansley to scrap his health and social care bill.
A nurse in the occupation told Socialist Worker, “We chose this building because it’s where the commissioning body is based. They are the people who will control the purse strings if the bill goes through and removes the government’s responsibility to provide universal healthcare.”
The demonstration was backed by Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Alliance and Oxford Keep Our NHS Public. The occupation has since received support from local trade unionists, and campaigners are planning another demonstration outside the building at 5pm.
The health and social care bill could become law as soon as Wednesday of next week.
“We’re hoping our occupation will inspire other people to take non-violent action this weekend,” said the nurse. “We only have a few days to save the NHS.”
Picket of the Department of Health
Saturday 18 March, 2.30pm
Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
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