Unite members at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent will be celebrating the NHS’ 65th birthday with a big tea party on Friday (5 July).
Unite deputy regional secretary Sarah Carpenter said: “Our hundreds of members at Kent’s largest hospital want to hold a party to celebrate 65 years of the NHS which has transformed generations of lives for the better – and why the NHS is worth strongly defending as a universal service free at the point of delivery.”
The tea party for staff, patients and visitors is being held in the hospital atrium from 11.00-15.00. There will also be a birthday cake, made by the catering team.
Unite members have made cakes and will be handing them out. They will be collecting donations for the elderly care ward and for educational items for the children's ward.
There will be also be displays on the history of the NHS, and of Medway hospital, and there will be a chance to do a quiz on the history of the NHS to win a prize.
Unite members in the trust include porters, housekeeping, laundry, pathology, pharmacy, clinical support workers, mortuary, theatres, orthotics, phlebotomy and estates.
For further information please contact Sarah Carpenter on 07768 931303 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.