Staff and patients from local general practices, joined other local trades unionists and members of professional organisations, medical students, pensioners, and residents in marching from, Tower Hamlets, to a rally of nearly 400 people at Hackney Town Hall, to express their opposition to the attacks on the National Health Service through service cuts and privatisation in its sixtieth year.
Locally health and social services are under attack. Jobs are under threat or axed, and cut, wards closed, and workload and pressures on NHS staff go up, while privatisation continues, and money which should be spent on quality services, premises and staff, is wasted on PFIs, and the cosmetics of patient choice .
This year £26 million is being cut from the Royal London Hospital while £67 million a year for 30 years is being spent on its PFI. The rally was addressed by Labour and Respect Councillors, George Galloway MP, pensioners and other patients, and other trades unionists and health professionals, including Dr Kambiz Boomla, Chair of City & East London Local Medical Committee. He says
“East London GPs’ LMC voted to support this march and several of us attended. We face a paradox of more money than ever before being spent on our National Health Service, and yet very serious cuts are being made by our local hospital trusts. We local GPs are seeing this extra money being siphoned off into private contracts where poor value for money is being obtained or where commercial secrecy prevents us from getting at the true figures. We want a change of policy so public services continue to be provided publicly to get us out of this financial mess.”
Dr Anna Livingstone, The Limehouse Practice, Gill Street, Health Centre, London, E14 8HQ. Secretary, Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public 07966130699
(From our practice, partners, Drs Kirsten Shirke, Anna Livingstone, Sheila Cheeroth, David Kirby and Maggie Falshaw (Manager Partner) from the Gill Street Health Centre attended on behalf of the practice team, with patient Cllr Oliur Rahman .-DSCN4028) Bethnal Green, St Stephens, Chrisp Street and Jubilee Street practices were also represented from Tower Hamlets