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NHS Manchester March

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GMB Members From Across UK To Be In Manchester For Sunday Protest Over Tory Plans For The NHS

Electorate need to know that the Lib Dem/Tory Government is presiding over the privatisation of the NHS so that they are held to account says GMB

GMB members will be part of the thousands of people who will march & rally in Manchester this Sunday 29th September against cuts, job losses and the involvement of private healthcare companies in the NHS. This is to coincide with the start of the Conservative Party annual conference which assembles in Manchester on Sunday.

The Save Our NHS event is being organised by the North West TUC. The 3 mile march will assemble on Liverpool Road near the Museum of Science and Industry from 11am.

The details of the protest are as follows:

Sunday 29 September
11 a.m.               Liverpool Road (M3 4FP) march begins to assemble
12.15 p.m.          Front of the march departs
1.15 p.m.            March begins to pass the Conservative Party conference venue,  Manchester Central
1.45 p.m.            March passes the Manchester Royal Infirmary
2.15 p.m.            Rally at Whitworth Park with the Farm, John Robb, Frances O’Grady and Andy Burnham MP ( more details below)
4.15 p.m.            Event finishes
 The rally will be compered by Manchester musician and journalist John Robb. Save Our NHS is supported by Liverpool band the Farm, and 15 year old John Lennon McCullagh from Doncaster who is signed to Creation boss Alan McGee’s new label.

Speakers at the rally at the rally include Andy Burnham MP and Opposition health spokesperson, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady,  Matt Wrack Fire Brigades Union Greneral Secretary, Dave Prentis, Unison General Secretary , Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary, Christine Blower National Union of Teachers General Secretary and Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary, author and columnist Owen Jones, a group of healthcare workers, Dr Louise Irvine from the successful campaign to save Lewisham Hospital and Hannah Paterson from the NUS..
Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for NHS, said, “Thousands will march in Manchester on Sunday and GMB will proudly march alongside others to support the NHS.

We want to make it clear that we will use every opportunity till 2015 to let the electorate know what this Government is doing so that they can be held to account.

The coalition Lib Dem/Tory Government is presiding over the privatisation of the National Health Service.

Billions of pounds worth of NHS contracts have been put on the open market, including a single billion pound contract in Cambridgeshire.

Many countries have some healthcare free at the point of delivery, but only the UK has the best healthcare that could be provided free to all, regardless of ability to pay.

We are starting to see an end to this. A&E departments in twelve towns and cities are closed or closing. Services have or are being reduced in a further 18 Hospitals. This is the single biggest closure of NHS services since it was created back in 1945.

It’s like our houses are being robbed and we’re being sold back the contents, and the Conservatives are banking on an apathetic public to ignore it.

Contacts: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for GMB members working in the NHS and health care sector on 07841 181656 or Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for GMB members working in the Public Sector on 07860 606137 and GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes To Editors

- The TUC’s campaign plan can be downloaded from


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