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The People’s March to build support for the NHS and to join up with NHS campaigners across the country arrives in Loughborough at approximately 4:30pm* on Friday 29th August at the Town Hall. Following the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, the People’s March for the NHS will head on to Parliament. Local people are asked to welcome the marchers, and on Saturday to join with it for a mile or two, or for ten or even the rest of the way! It leaves Loughborough at 10am on Saturday, bound for Leicester.
On route the march aims to make the public aware of what the coalition government has been doing to the NHS and what has been happening to hospitals and health services. The campaign writes “It’s really hard to passively watch the rapid dismantling, privatisation and destruction of the NHS. First we had the Health & Social Care Act, then Section 75 and more recently Clause 119 of the Care Bill. The Government have legislated to open the NHS to the open market. We believe every penny saved in the NHS should go back into improving and developing our NHS. We dont want to see private companies operating in the NHS under the heading of ‘efficiency’ when we know they are accountable to their share holders, who are only interested in maximum profit before patient health care”.
*Note that the arrival time may vary and organisers have said it may be at 5:30pm
For more details of the march see the campaign website http://999callfornhs.org.uk/welcome/4583609406
For details of the Nottingham to Loughborough leg, and arrival see http://999callfornhs.org.uk/nottingham/4585651783
For details of the Loughborough to Leicester leg and departure see http://999callfornhs.org.uk/loughborough/4585651824