Activists will march against cuts to healthcare on Wednesday 9 March as the government presses ahead with the most radical restructuring and cuts package in NHS history.
500 jobs have already gone at local NHS Primary Care Trusts and unions estimate that 120,000 jobs could be under threat nationally. Across London, community health services such as district nursing face cuts of up to 50%.
Kingston Hospital in southwest London plans to axe nearly 500 workers, almost 20% of its total workforce. St. George’s Hospital in south London will cut 500 staff including nurses and senior doctors. It is also closing three wards, leading to the loss of around 100 beds. 630 jobs will go at the Bart’s and Royal London Trust, while £100 million will be spent each year to pay a private company to run new PFI schemes.
Workers have already begun to fight back against the implementation of cuts. Speech therapists in Southwark, south London, have taken strike action and there have been sizeable demonstrations at the Royal London and Homerton Hospitals, the latter of which is facing cuts of up to £15 million.
The 9 March demonstration will assemble from 5pm at the Royal London Hospital, opposite Whitechapel tube station, and march through the city to Bart’s Hospital.