See full set of videos from the event here
Bring Back the NHS chaired by Ian McKellen was an outstanding success at Central Hall on Friday 24 April . There was an audience of of 1200 who were gathered in less than two weeks.
The prime motivation of the event, organised by a group of individuals, including doctors, was to present in a non-party political light a picture of the NHS from the perspective of nurses, doctors, NHS workers, patients, actors, celebrities, researchers and others. There was even a surprise appearance from Danny Boyle.
Despite the overall intention of the event there was no doubt at all of course that the NHS is a truly political issue – starting with a stirring performance of Nye Bevan’s speech to Parliament by actor Hywel Morgan.
We heard moving and graphic speeches from clinicians, nurses, and NHS staff who are proud to work for the unique institution that is the NHS.
Parents Toyin Adeyinka from the Save Lewisham campaign and Sally Stephenson from Lewisham, told their stories.
Dr Chidi Ejimofo, an A&E consultant from Lewisham Hospital talked about the injustice of the attempts to close Lewisham Hospital, and Lewisham GP Dr Jim Sikorski talked about devastating cuts in mental health services. Charlotte Church gave a barnstorming speech. The event ended with Ian McKellen saying for health’s sake vote for the NHS.
A team from the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign gave out hundreds of our election posters and postcards, including many to students. It provided an excellent opportunity to contact a wide range of people from across London.
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