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999 Call for the NHS

Dear GMB Member,


“The People’s March is a perfect opportunity to build support for the NHS
and to join up with amazing NHS campaigners across the country. Following
the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, the People’s March for the NHS
will head to Parliament. On route we aim to make the public aware of what
the coalition Government has been doing to our NHS and what has been
happening to our hospitals and health services.

It’s really hard to passively watch the rapid dismantling, privatisation
and destruction of the NHS. First we had the Health & Social Care Act, then
Section 75 and more recently Clause 119 of the Care Bill. The Government
has legislated to open the NHS to the open market.  We believe every penny
saved in the NHS should go back into improving and developing our NHS. We
don’t want to see private companies operating in the NHS under the heading
of ‘efficiency’ when we know they are accountable to their shareholders,
who are only interested in maximum profit before patient health care.”

GMB members in the NHS and Yorkshire Ambulance Service need our help!!
It’s time to stand-up and defend OUR NHS. Join the march for a mile or two
as it comes through your city or local area and come to one of the rallies
– be part of the fight back.

THE ROUTE (Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region)

20th August – Northallerton to Ripon: Meet at the entrance of Bullamore
Memorial Park next to the Friarage Hospital at 9.30 am (lunch at

21st  August – Ripon to Harrogate: Meet at Ripon Community Hospital at
10.00 am (lunch to be confirmed).

22nd August – Harrogate to Leeds: Meet at the Stray next to Harrogate
Hospital at 9.30 am (picnic lunch at Harewood Estate).

23rd August – Leeds to Wakefield: Meet at Leeds Art Gallery at 9.30 am
(lunch at the Half Way House – along A61).

There will also be a ‘feeder’ march from Dewsbury train station setting off
at 9.00 am to join the main march in Wakefield.

24th August – Wakefield to Barnsley: Meet at Northgate/Westmoreland
Street, Wakefield at 10.00 am (lunch to be confirmed).

25th August – Barnsley to Sheffield: Meet at Barnsley Hospital at 10.00
am (lunch to be confirmed).

26th August – Sheffield to Chesterfield: Meet at Sheffield Town Hall at
10.00 am (lunch at Graves Park/Meadowhead).

27th August – Chesterfield to Mansfield: Meet at Chesterfield Royal
Hospital at 10.00 am (lunch at Bolsover Assembly Rooms).

For full route details and rally times click here.  For further information
contact Joan Keane or Caroline Jones on 0845 337 7777

We look forward to marching with you!

Joan Keane – Lead Officer for the NHS

Posted: 14th August 2014

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