By Ruth Robinson, speech & language therapist, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
I’m attending the rally in Manchester because the very future of the NHS is threatened. Huge cuts in public services are threatening hospital and community services across England with closure. Tens of thousands of health workers’ jobs have been cut, with severe harm to front line services. Private companies now run significant parts of our NHS for profit, and the Health and Social Care Act will rapidly accelerate this process. Whole hospitals and geographical areas are being readied for privatisation, while private companies have already grabbed multi-million pound NHS contracts.
This affects those of us who work in the NHS but more importantly it affects everyone in the country. We all use the NHS and we need to make our voices heard before it’s too late.