Protest against NHS reforms5th November 2007
Around 7,000 NHS staff took part in a march through London on 3 November as part of a protest against health service reforms.
The march, called "I Love The NHS", featured speakers from the TUC and a video message by Mayor Ken Livingstone.
TUC president David Prentis told the marchers: "we will not allow our health service to be sold off to
private companies on the altar of profit."
GP Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA's council, said family doctors should stop being blamed for failures in the health service. He said GPs were often slated for earning too much, when they held the key to "help save the NHS".
Karen Jennings from the Unison union spoke to BBC News before the march. She said that as the NHS was heading towards its 60th anniversary it should be appreciated.
Mrs Jennings stated that figures showed that most people who were treated by the health service were content with their treatment. She called the NHS "a very precious resource" that should not be undermined or unduly criticised.
Health Minister Ann Keen said the health service's budget would markedly increase over the next three years.
She said the extra money would mean the government could concentrate on "improving quality, safety and access for all within a locally accountable and clinically led NHS."
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Title: Protest against NHS reforms
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4669
Date Added: 5th Nov 2007