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NHS 65th Birthday Celebrations

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NHS 65th Birthday On 5th July To Be Marked By Motorcade Of Vintage Ambulances In Parliament Square And At 28 Other Events Across UK

Health and Social Care Act holds the door open to privatisation and fragmentation of the service and equal healthcare free at the point of delivery is no longer guaranteed says GMB.

On Friday 5th July GMB will celebrate the 65th birthday of the NHS at Westminster and in at least 29 other locations across the UK. See notes to editors for locations and times for the other 29 events in London and across the UK.

On Friday 5th July ambulances from 40’s, 50’s & 80’s eras have been sourced by GMB to be at Westminster to mark the event. See picture of these old ambulances in notes to editors below.

From 9am till 11am the vehicles will drive in slow procession starting at Westminster Bridge heading towards Parliament Square, around the square into Whitehall, around the roundabout, and back down Whitehall, around Parliament Square and back across Westminster Bridge. It will do this route passing Big Ben from Bridge Street into Parliament Square with Parliament and Westminster Hall in the background several times.

 

At 10am there will be a photocall as the ambulances pass through Parliament Square.

At 10am Friday 5th July

As ambulances turn from Bridge Street

into Parliament Square

London SW1A 2JX

 

On the pavement as they pass in front of Parliament there will be Ambulance Staff dressed in old era uniforms carrying GMB Flags. They will have with them a ‘Save the NHS’ banner.

Photographers and cameras may wish be at statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square to get pictures or alternatively get pictures with Big Ben in background from Westminster Bridge.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said “Today is the NHS 65th Birthday, a day where we celebrate the fantastic contribution health workers make to the NHS.

After David Cameron became leader of the Tory Party, he spelt out his priorities in three letters – ‘NHS’. This promise brought his party out of the political wilderness.

However over the past two years we have seen Mr Cameron, supported by Mr Clegg, deliver a toxic Health and Social Care Act which has included a major reorganisation of the NHS in England. This holds the door open to privatisation and fragmentation of the service. No longer are we guaranteed equal healthcare free at the point of delivery.

The current crisis in the ambulance service is just one example of how their toxic Health Bill is having devastating consequences to services, patients’ health and patient outcomes.

We know why the British Public didn’t trust the Tories in 2001 and 2005 elections. Politicians who attack our NHS will not be forgiven at the polls.

Don’t Let the Tories scrap the NHS on its 65th birthday.”

End

Contacts Rehana Azam GMB National Officer 07841181656 or Paul Clarke GMB National Organiser 07713077193

Notes to editors

1 Pictures of old Ambulances to be on the motorcade

Military AmbulanaceOld AmbulanceOld Ambulance in Action

 2 Details of 25  events in London and across the country  to celebrate 65th birthday of the NHS

Venue:             West Midlands Ambulance Service

Stoke Ambulance Station

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: NHS 65th Birthday cake cutting. (Celebrity TBC)

BBQ, Ambulance staff social get together, live band.

 

Venue:             Birmingham Treatment Centre

Dudley Road

Birmingham

B18 8QH      

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: NHS 65th Birthday cake presentation.        

 

Venue:             T.A Centre, Waterloo Road

Stoke-on-Trent

Date:                           Friday 16th August 2013

Event Details: NHS 65th Birthday charity event. Live band, BBQ / Buffet. Tickets £1 All money raised will go to the Help for Hero’s Charity

         

Venue:             Broomhall Centre

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           10am

Event Details: NHS 65th Birthday celebration cake cutting by Micky Adams, Port Vale’s F.C manager.

         

Venue:             Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Date:                           Saturday 6th July 2013

Time:                           12pm

Event Details: Short rally and release of 65 balloons.        

 

Venue:             Huntingdon High Street

Date:                           Saturday 6th July 2013

Time:                           1pm  

Event Details: Campaign stall collecting signatures for a giant NHS birthday card and more.

         

Venue:             Chase Farm Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

 

Venue:             Ealing Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

 

Venue:             King George Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

 

Venue:             Central Middlesex Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

 

Venue:             Hammersmith Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

 

Venue:             Charing Cross Hospital       

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details: Signing of birthday card that will be presented to the Department of Health on PM of 5th July 2013.

         

Venue:             Norfolk Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July

Event Details: Collection of signatures in an NHS birthday card.

         

 

Venue:             Norwich Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July

Event Details: Collection of signatures in an NHS birthday card.

 

Venue:             Ministry of Health

                                    Whitehall

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           11.30am onwards

Event Details: ‘Do not pension off our NHS’ Happy 65th Birthday

 

Venue:             North East Ambulance Service

Headquarters

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           1pm  

Event Details: NHS 65th Birthday Cake presentation.

 

Venue:             Trafford Hospital

Main Hospital entrance

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           2pm

Event Details: Gather for half an hour at the main gates of the Hospital, later on fun and entertainment for all the family in the park.

 

Venue:             Bootle Ambulance Station   

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           From 2pm

Event Details: Cake cutting Celebration event at Bootle Ambulance Station, Merseyside.

 

Venue:             Scottish Ambulance Service

Various stations

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details:             ‘Don’t let the Tories retire your NHS @65’ Celebrations and come and join and have some free NHS Cake.

 

Venue:             Progress Hall

Admiral Seymour Road

Eltham

SE9 1SL

Date:                           Tuesday 9th July 2013

Time:                           19.30 – 21.30pm

Event Details:             Public meeting with Andy Burnham MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

Venue:             St Thomas Hospital

                                    Westminster Bridge

                                    London

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           9.00am – 11.00am

Event Details: Emergency workers procession to celebrate 65 Years of the NHS

 

Venue:             Royal Sussex County Hospital

                                    Eastern Road

                                    Brighton

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           12.30pm – 1.00pm

Event Details: Happy 65th Birthday NHS

 

Venue:             St Peter’s Church

                                    York Place

                                    Brighton

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           3.00pm – 7.00pm

Event Details: Our NHS, Love it, Save it, Share it.

 

         

Venue:             Glan Clwyd Hospital

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           Lunchtime    

Event Details:             Lunchtime celebration.

Venue:                Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Llantrisant.

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           Lunchtime    

Event Details:             Lunchtime celebration.         

Venue:             Derriford Hospital

Plymouth.

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details:             Have a piece of our Free NHS Cake and private cake Sale – Under the banner ‘Don’t let the Tories retire your NHS@65’

Venue:             Mount Gould Hospital & Local Health Centre

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Event Details:             Don’t let them retire your NHS at 65 – Have a piece of our FREE NHS cake.

Venue:             Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley

Date:                           Friday 5th July 2013

Time:                           Lunchtime    

Event Details:             Lunchtime NHS birthday celebration.

 

Venue:  Marketplace

Great Yarmouth

On Saturday 6th July 10AM to 12PM

This will be  followed by happy birthday card presentation to NHS staff by Great Yarmouth & District Trades Council and Great Yarmouth Labour Party at 2PM at James Paget Hospital

 

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