The movement to save the NHS is beginning to look unstoppable. One of the key campaigns is in the Tory heartland of Lincolnshire – and the epicentre is Thatcher’s birthplace, Grantham. A few days before the election, 100 campaigners on motorbikes deliver mountains of biscuits to A&E staff across the county to thank them for their hard work – and in the process point out the nightmare situation developing in their hospitals, proving beyond doubt that the Tories are planning to privatise the entire NHS.
More proof of a serious movement building to save the NHS, as Grimsby has its biggest demonstration of any sort for years. Campaigners call for mass direct action to renationalise the NHS and end the PFI contract that are draining billions of pounds of taxpayers money.
A huge and incredibly unified campaign to save the NHS is building in Cumbria. Activists from all corners of the huge county come together in Carlisle to fight plans to downgrade maternity and children’s services and close community hospital beds in the largest demonstration ever seen in the area, emphasising the real battle – to stop full privatisation of the NHS. Now more militant action to defend their services is set to follow.
Anger is escalating over management’s decision to make David Hardman and Mark Campbell, the UCU branch secretary and branch chair, compulsorily redundant – the only two redundancies to be made, and with plans afoot to cut a staggering 395 jobs in September. With a vice-chancellor one of the few in favour of the Government’s white paper on higher education, and a governing board chair who was UK managing director of notorious education privateers Pearsons, it’s clear that London Met is being softened up for privatisation. National demonstration to reinstate Mark and David: Sat July 23, 11:30am, London Met Holloway Road site to Highbury Fields.