A STUDLEY woman is urging people to stand up for the National Health Service and join a march in London next month to voice their concerns.
Rebecca Jenkins said she was taking the action due to ‘the relentless and unnecessary cuts being made by the government to the NHS’ which she says have been proven and calculated by health/ NHS bodies.
“The demonstration is to raise awareness of the privatisation of the NHS by stealth, scapegoating NHS staff/ GPs and other healthcare professionals and exaggerating the cost of health tourism which has taken the attention off the real issues,” said Rebecca.
“The NHS is being sold off chunk by chunk and this is already affecting our local area – for example the closure of Studley Health Centre.”
She added that local people in Redditch and Studley can see the effects of the cuts on their own doorstep.
“As a local and someone who has been treated numerous times at the Alexandra Hospital I feel particularly passionate about the loss of maternity and the downgrading of the A&E.
“Redditch is the largest town in Worcestershire and the Alex serves around 200,000 people. Lives are now at risk.
“The cuts will not end here and it is estimated that many more A&E departments will be gone by 2020,” she said.
The protest is Saturday, March 4 at Tavistock Square and coaches will be leaving from every corner of the country to take people there, including local residents.
For more details visit the Keep Our NHS Public website at https://keepournhspublic.com/