GPs show support for public sector strikes

GPs in east London took to the streets to protest in support of the striking teachers and public service workers.

Dr Livingstone (kneeling, centre) protests with her colleagues in east London
Dr Livingstone (kneeling, centre) protests with her colleagues in east London

Around 35 GPs as well as receptionists, nurses and other health workers from five practices in Tower Hamlets protested against the ‘damaging effects’ of public policy on health and wellbeing on Thursday.

Dr Anna Livingstone, a GP at Gill Street Health Centre, said health professionals’ pensions are also under attack and the state support for elderly people is driving them into increasing poverty.

She said: ‘The NHS is 63 years old on Tuesday and the coalition is pressing ahead with plans to destroy it through privatisation.

‘We strongly oppose the government's Health and Social Care Bill, which threatens the basis of our rights to use and provide quality care in the NHS. They say the market gives us 'choice' but it is leading to chaos, and as cuts bite, collapse and closures with cheap and nasty services to the poor.’

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