KONP PRESS RELEASE: Keep Our NHS Public welcomes #march4nhs to London, warning Cameron the Tories risk loosing election if NHS privatisation continues
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday 6th September
KONP co-chair Sue Richards will pay tribute to NHS marchers arriving in London today and will warn David Cameron that his NHS “reforms” will cost the Tories crucial votes at the next election
The Peoples March for the NHS which has criss-crossed the country for 300 miles arrives in London for a huge rally in Trafalgar Square.
Beginning in Jarrow on August 6th, the demonstration has followed the same route taken by Jarrow marchers campaigning against unemployment and extreme poverty in 1936.
Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) have been supporting the march throughout and have called for renewed campaign against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which would lead to health and social services being permanently provided on a market basis across the EU, including in the UK.
In her speech at the rally in Trafalgar Square at 3.30pm, KONP chair Sue Richards will say:
“KONP welcomes the fantastic work by the 300 milers and the Darlo women who started it all off. You have touched a nerve and helped to wake up the public to the danger that they will lose one of the things they care about, the NHS, unless they do something about it.
“To the Prime Minister David Cameron, I say: you have made a lot of mistakes. Your biggest mistake was to think you could take the NHS away from the people of this country. They will tell you next May just how wrong you were.
“This fantastic work needs to continue and one of the best ways of doing that is by joining Keep Our NHS Public. Get involved and save the NHS from privatisation. Start petitions, set up pavement stalls, do whatever it takes to make saving the NHS the top issue in next year’s general election.”
Accusing the Conservative led government of trying to create a “Third World basic minimum service,” Richards will say: “They want a dog eat dog service for a dog eat dog society. We do not want to live like that. The sixth richest country in the world can afford to give all of its people a proper health service. We demand it.”
For further press comment, contact Professor Sue Richards on: 07407 379194
Notes to editors
- “KONP campaigns against the privatisation of the NHS in
the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and for a publicly owned, publicly
accountable, publicly provided and comprehensive NHS .”
- KONP is the longest running NHS campaign, founded in 2005 http://www.keepournhspublic.com/