Over 150 gathered in Millenium Square in Leeds today, opposite the Brotherton Wing of the Leeds General Infirmary to protest against the governments attacks on the health service. The protest was organised by students from Medsin, the Leeds University Medical Students society, (as well other health campaign groups in the area) who came decked out in medical scrubs, carrying banners and placards demanding cuts weren’t made to the health service.
Although the speakers at the rally only called for things like signing a petition and writing to MPs, it was made clear that this was only the beginning of the campaign and a e-mail sign-up list was set-up with large queues to sign up which bodes well for the future. A key task will be linking up with the health service trade unions and the wider labour movement through the Leeds Against the Cuts campaign. Unfortunately, at the rally only a solitary UNITE flag and a banner from a local UNISON branch were the signs of this movement which will be vital in carrying out the action necessary to defeat the Con-Dems proposals to effectively privatise the NHS.
A Leeds Socialist Party member