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Manchester demo 29 September 2013

Louise Irvine, Chair Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign speaking to the rally

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Pictures from Owen Liddle
Video of Louise Irvine’s speech from Stuart Monro
Video from Shootroot via Colin Crilly


No cuts! No closures! No privatisation!

Central Manchester
Called by Unite supported by the GMB, Unison and the TUC
There was a strong contingent from the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Great video from Unite – watch and share



It’s our NHS! Hands off!
Save Lewisham Hospital is arranging coach transport to this march which is called by Unite and backed by Unison, GMB and the TUC. It will march through Manchester to where the Conservative Party conference is being held.

The Con-Dem government has unleashed an assault on the NHS that continue to threaten services in Lewisham, across South East London. Communities across Britain face similar cuts and closures.

The  protest will highlight the impact of huge job losses and spending cuts across the NHS, as well as the rapid sell-0ff of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to healthcare companies – many of whom like Circle are also Conservative Party donors.

How you can get to Manchester
Coach – £5 unwaged, low wage, pensioners, students, children. £20 everyone else.
Please pay this if you can afford it to cover our costs and a little bit extra will allow someone else to go,

To book a seat on the coach and further details call 07753 185732.

Woolwich pick-up: General Gordon Square 6.15am
Lewisham pick-up: Lewisham Station 6.45am

Message from Unite
When he set out to downgrade their hospital, they marched. Theymarched in their thousands, and they challenged him every step of the way.

Last week, they won. And they did so in spectacular fashion with a High Court judge censoring the health secretary for acting unlawfullyover Lewisham hospital.

We now need to seize the spirit of Lewisham and fight for the rest of our NHS.

When our communities come together, we win.

This September we are bringing the NHS community together to fight for its survival as our greatest public asset.

We will march on Manchester at the Conservative party conference to tell this government to stop causing chaos in our health service:

Thousands of nursing jobs – CUT
A&E services – QUEUES
111 service – CRISIS

But while your NHS is being destroyed, contracts worth billions are being passed to big business. Under this government, while patients and professionals struggle, the private health industry profits.

We need to stand up to say `no more’ before it is too late.

Message from UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed the High Court decision that Jeremy Hunt acted unlawfully in deciding that casualty and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital should be downgraded.

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said:

“Today’s decision is a victory for all the local people who turned out time and time again to protect services at Lewisham Hospital.  The High Court rightly ruled that the health secretary acted unlawfully in riding roughshod over the wishes of the community and that is a lesson that the Government ignores at its peril

“This decision will give heart to health campaigners across the country where other hospitals may be threatened by Government plans to close or downgrade much valued health services.”


4 thoughts on “Manchester demo 29 September 2013

  1. heather says:

    great victory and just outcome would love to be at the tory party conferance and let the tories know that lewisham residents are not going to allow tory ministers to take away our hospital or rights for a full and proper NHS service.

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