28 March 2018
Message from Gilda Peterson, Secretary of Leeds Keep Our NHS Public and Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together:
Regional march for the NHS in Leeds on Saturday 14th April.
This is close to the 6th Anniversary of the implementation of the disastrous Health and Social Care Act.
- With our drastically and deliberately underfunded NHS crashing into the buffers this winter and getting headlines in the press
- NHS England ploughing ahead with plans to break up the NHS into yet more bite sized pieces on a plate for private firms, currently known as Accountable Care Organisations - but watch the name change as the ACO brand is seen as too US and toxic
- Two Judicial Reviews initiated by campaigners (one to be heard in Leeds on 24th April) challenging the legality of Accountable Care Organisations
- Yorkshire Hospitals rushing ahead to outsource Facilities staff
- More cuts, closures and rationing
- A continued cap on NHS pay, almost 100,000 vacant posts and demoralised, exhausted staff leaving the NHS altogether
This is a critical time to take to the streets and insist the Government stop wrecking our NHS. The fact that it is also the 70th anniversary of our NHS on July 5th, there are council elections coming up in May and the Government remains precarious, further heightens the opportunity to make a huge impact this Spring.
Please advertise the march widely through your trade union branches, community organisations, political parties, family networks etc and bring your banners, placards, flags , musical instruments, fancy dress etc to Leeds on Saturday 14th April
11.30 Assemble in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery where we will welcome marchers from across Yorkshire and beyond,
12.15 March sets off, led by the wonderful PCS Samba Band from Manchester as usual, goes 1 ⅓ miles through the City centre
1/1.15 Marchers should be returning to Victoria Gardens for short rally
2pm Finish .