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Campaign to stop the NHS sell-off gathers pace in North East

Campaign to stop the NHS sell-off gathers pace in North East

10 June 2014

Health activists, politicians and trade unionists will expose the extent of the sweeping cuts and privatisation hitting the NHS across the north east at a meeting in Newcastle this Wednesday (11 June).

When: Wednesday 11 June, 6.30pm
Where: St Johns Church Hall, Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne  NE1 5JG

Jointly organised by Keep our NHS Public, the Socialist Health Association, Red Labour, the People's Assembly north east, Unison and Unite the union, the event will build on the growing numbers of people from across the north east becoming increasingly angry over the Tory government’s agenda to sell-off NHS services to private companies and cut crucial services.

The event will highlight the:

•    GP practices run by private companies that are now threatened with closure
•    local mental health services being drastically cut with hospital and community services both being massively reduced
•    government plans to sell health information and the fears regarding confidentiality
•    government using powers to close hospitals without consultation (Clause 119).


Unite regional officer, Martin Wright said: “The NHS in the north east is under attack by a Tory government that has brought in powers to sell-off our cherished NHS services to profiteers. Private companies like Care UK can take over a GP practice in the north east, then dump it when it realises it can’t make enough profit and then leave the community with the broken pieces.

“The cuts and sell-offs taking place now are just the tip of the iceberg, but there’s a growing number of people from across the north east who are demanding an end to Tory plans to put a price tag and a bar code on our NHS services.”

Speakers include;

(Chair) Jim Cousins (former MP Newcastle Central)
David Taylor-Gooby  (NE Socialist Health Association secretary)
Dr Helen Groom (Gateshead GP, Keep Our NHS Public activist)
Dr Michael Lloyd (political economist, Red Labour supporter)  
Martin Wright (regional officer Unite the union)
Dr David Wrigley (GP, Writer 'NHS SOS',  BMA UK Council)  

ENDS

For further information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

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Notes to editors

•    Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.