Labour host day of action over Tories’ handling of NHS services - The Evesham Observer

Labour host day of action over Tories’ handling of NHS services

Evesham Editorial 28th Jan, 2017   0

MEMBERS of Evesham Labour Party hit the streets in the town centre for a day of protests against the Government’s handling of the NHS.

Evesham Labour Party together with representatives of Worcester Trades Union Council and campaign group KONP (Keep our National Health Public) supported the action on Saturday (January 21).

The action came just weeks after two patients died on trolleys at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, prompting Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to comment the hospital was the one he was ‘most worried about of all’.

As well as marching up Bridge Street led by the party’s candidates for the upcoming County Council elections, members also collected signatures on a letter to Vale MP Nigel Huddleston.

More than 150 local residents added their names to the letter to show their support for calls for a properly funded NHS is important.

Last month Labour members marched from the Market Square to Evesham Community Hospital to express concern particularly about the Minor Injuries Unit, where hours have been reduced.

Protest organiser Stan Emmett said: “It seems to Government is just not listening, to doctors’ and nurses’ leaders or unions representing NHS workers.

“They aren’t even listening to Conservative councils like Surrey who are having to seek a 15 per cent rise in Council Tax to provide adequate services for the elderly.

“The NHS is not safe in the hands of this Government,” he added.


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