Marching to ‘save the quality’ of the NHS

Protestors over the proposed NHS cuts march through Sheffield
Protestors over the proposed NHS cuts march through Sheffield
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PROTESTERS marched through Sheffield in opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill which comes before MPs this week.

Sheffield Save Our NHS and their supporters were taking a stand against proposals which they claim will lead to privatisation of the NHS, lower quality and fragmented services with a ‘postcode lottery’.

They met on the green outside Hallamshire Hospital and marched through Sheffield to the Town Hall, joined by a samba band along the way.

A spokesperson said: “We can make a difference! Here is Sheffield, local people fought back and won against plans to close dementia care homes.

“We need to build these local victories into a movement that can beat the threats to our health services on a national scale.”

Speakers at the march included Green Party councillor for Sheffield Central Jillian Creasy.

Demonstrators were also due to hold a vigil outside Sheffield Town Hall today.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has refused to bow to pressure from his own party and reconsider the Government’s NHS reforms.

The Deputy Prime Minister is facing a backbench rebellion in the Commons and a grassroots revolt at the party’s autumn conference over the Health and Social Care Bill. But amid the growing opposition, Mr Clegg said: “The package will not now be reopened – about that I am clear.”