Support the People’s March for the NHS

April 18, 2014

nhs-marchCampaigners are planning to march across England this summer, following in the footsteps of the historic Jarrow marchers, this time in defence of the NHS.

The march, initiated by women in Darlington who go by the Twitter hashtag ‘#darlomums’, has seen more than 500 people register so far to walk anything from a short stretch to the whole route.

Joanna Adams, one of the organisers, says: “At a time when armchair activism is the norm, emails are flooding in with offers to help organise, and to walk one or more of the legs of the route. The route is split up into sections of 10-15 miles making it easy for groups to join in.”

The march will leave Jarrow on 16 August and stop over in towns and cities along the 300 mile route. It plans to reach parliament in London on 6 September.

Left Unity fully supports this initiative and all campaigns to defend our NHS.

For more information go to 999callfornhs.org.uk and follow @999CallforNHS on Twitter.

2 Responses to Support the People’s March for the NHS

  1. April 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Left Unity at national and local level needs to offer 100% support for this march and for us to do all we can to support it. This needs discussing at national and local level (contact needs to be made with the organisers at national level – we need to be sensitive to the fact that we are offering support, its not our protest but one we support and want to offer help to). The fight to defend the NHS is a fight against austerity and privatisation and raises so many other issues about the importance of public services for all and the need to both protect and extend them and how this can best come about.

    • Raggy Trousers
      April 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I agree with you Neil, let’s get behind this campaign. I’ve just registered with 999 March for the NHS and offered to volunteer to help with organising and publicising the new crusade. I live in Sunderland so I’ll be in Jarrow on the day supporting this march on parliament.

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