GPs join trade union march against austerity

GPs from the East London Save Our Surgeries campaign joined tens of thousands of protesters on Saturday for the Trades Union Congress march against low pay and austerity.

GPs join TUC march
GPs join TUC march

GPs and practice staff from the London boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney marched with student nurses from King’s College.

Last week nurses, midwives and other NHS staff took strike action over pay for the first time in 30 years.

Tower Hamlets LMC vice chairwoman Dr Jackie Applebee said she was there to highlight the threat to the NHS.

NHS could be lost

‘If we let it slip, the politicians will quietly finish the job that they have started and the NHS will be lost to us for generations, if not forever,' she said.

The march, she said, brought together health workers and campaigners from across the country ‘and reminded everyone that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who are furious at the dismantling of the NHS and wider public services’. 

‘General practice is the gatekeeper of the NHS, 90% of consultations take place there, defending general practice is integral to defending the NHS as a whole.’

The TUC said between 80,000 and 90,000 people joined the march through London.

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