Several members of Worthing West CLP went up to the Save Our NHS march in London on Saturday. Niamh Sayers describes the day.
It was a cold and drizzly day in London, but this did not deter a reported 60,000 people from showing up to the “Save Our NHS” protest march, from Gower Street to Whitehall.
This was an important demonstration, organised by The People’s Assembly, against the political choices made by the current government to accelerate privatisation and inflict harsh cuts on NHS services, thus allowing our NHS to spiral into a state of crisis.
The march was well attended by a plethora of constituency Labour parties (all very visible in the crowd) and numerous unions, including the RCN who reportedly sent over 1,000 nurses to join in.
The atmosphere was electric and passers-by seemed very much on-side of the demonstration.
A number of talks were given to the huge crowd once we had reached Whitehall. Including one from our very own shadow Health Secretary, Jon Ashworth, amongst others such as doctors, nurses and patients with first-hand experience of the crisis.
From my perspective, the resounding feeling in the crowd was: if you want to save our NHS, the only option is to vote Labour.
All in all, I had a great day in London surrounded by passionate supporters of our NHS, who will stop at nothing for it to remain the NHS that we know and love.
Some of the chants from the rally:
“Tories out..Corbyn in!”
“When they say cut back we say: FIGHT BACK” “cut back” ... “fight back!”
“Whose NHS?” ... “OUR NHS!”