1,000 march in Sheffield for NHS protest

Pictured is John Carlisle of Dover Road, who is Sheffield's first Altruistic Organ Donor
Pictured is John Carlisle of Dover Road, who is Sheffield's first Altruistic Organ Donor
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Up to 1,000 people will march through Sheffield in a mass protest against cuts and changes putting the NHS ‘under threat’.

Sheffield Save Our NHS is co-ordinating the event on August 25 and 26, which is part of a larger procession led by mums’ group 999 Call for the NHS.

They are following in the footsteps of the Jarrow Crusade by marching 300 miles to highlight health cuts and privatisation.

Sheffield’s first altruistic organ donor Dr John Carlisle - who gave a kidney to a stranger last year - is backing the protest and encouraging all donors and recipients to take part.

The grandad said: “The journey of a donor from the first tests to the final operation and recovery illustrates all the strengths of this wonderful organisation.

“Careful examinations, flawless handovers, caring nursing and brilliant specialists all co-operate to give someone a new life.

“Only an ignorant fool would think that competition is a good thing in health and social care.”

Mike Simpkin, from Sheffield Save Our NHS, added: “We hope up to 1,000 people will join us.

“The message we want to ram home is the NHS is in danger from cuts and being broken up through tendering it out to individual firms.

“It could be gone before we know it.

“It is less of a problem in Sheffield because we are quite proud of the NHS here.

“The clinical commissioning group isn’t making it a priority to tender off services unlike other areas such as Nottingham.

“But because of cuts GPs are under pressure.”

The march will start in Barnsley at 10am on Monday, August 25 and call at Barnsley Hospital.

Barnsley Retirees Action Group is urging people to take part.

It will then travel through Grenoside and Hillsborough to Weston Park - where people will rally for speeches at 4.30pm.

Marchers leave Sheffield Town Hall at 10am the next day and call at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital before heading to Chesterfield.