This Saturday, Labour members from across the country will join Jeremy Corbyn MP, John McDonnell MP and others on the March for our NHS, which has been called by Health Campaigns Together and the People's Assembly Against Austerity, and supported by numerous trade unions. As part of building support for this important demonstration, the Labour Assembly Against Austerity initiated an Open Letter urging Labour Party members to support the demonstration and get involved with local and Labour campaigning in defence of the NHS.
Below we publish a small cross-section of over 2000 Party members who have signed the letter - I hope you will join us with members and banners from your local Labour Party this Saturday – full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/344476709265118/
National Organiser, Labour Assembly Against Austerity.
We note with concern that the crisis in the NHS has reached a new level in recent weeks. We need to be clear that this Government has helped to create the crisis in the NHS, which is facing the biggest financial squeeze in its history. Hospitals are underfunded, social care has collapsed, which puts more pressure on hospitals, staff are overworked and conditions are deteriorating.
The Government’s drive to privatise the NHS will only make this situation worse.
Yet Teresa May and Jeremy Hunt are burying their head in the sand, even criticising the Red Cross for declaring a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS.
But there is an alternative. Jeremy Corbyn has pledged Labour to secure our NHS and social care, committing that “We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensure parity for mental health services.”
We believe both that the election of a Labour Government is crucial to saving the NHS and that we must take action now to defend our NHS or risk losing it forever. We therefore pledge to join the growing movement to save the NHS from destruction, including through supporting the Labour section on the #OurNHS National Demonstration on 4 March.
Grahame Morris MP
Matthew Willgress, Labour Assembly Against Austerity National Organiser
Emma Rees and Adam Klug, Momentum National Organisers
Marsha-Jane Thompson, Editor, Jeremy Corbyn for PM
With: Councillor Max Holloway, Welwyn Hatfield
Councillor Brenda Dacres, Lewisham
Councillor Malcolm Wright, Darlington
Councillor Julia Conner, Hull
Philip Hall, Councillor, Almondsbury Parish Council
Simeon Elliott, National Policy Forum Representative for South East Constituencies
Keith Edwards, Chair, East Devon CLP
Ian Fletcher, Chair, Weaver Vale CLP
Sue Marshall, Chair, North East Cambs, CLP
Christopher Robinson, Chair, Stoke South CLP
Carol Machell, Secretary, Calder Valley CLP
Georgina Harrison, Secretary, South Holland and the Deepings CLP
Angela Everitt, Secretary,North Somerset CLP
Jo Anne Rust, Secretary, North West Norfolk CLP
Mike Bird, Secretary, Llandudno and District CLP
Georgina Harriso, Secretary, South Holland and The Deepings CLP
Karen Lee, Womens Officer, Lincoln CLP
Ruth Hayes, Islington North CLP EC member and Chair, Unite the Union National Committee for Community, Youth Workers & Not for Profit Committee
Bala Nair, North Durham CLP Ethnic Minorities Officer
Katherine, Coutanche, EC Member, Aberconwy CLP
Veronica Alvarez, Vice-Chair, North Durham CLP
Nikola Mansfield, Bracknell CLP Fundraising Officer
Alison Clarke, Liverpool West Derby CLP, Political Education Officer
Kierin James, Southport Young Labour Secretary
Jeanette Fletcher, Weaver Vale CLP Treasurer
Kevin Treweeks, Sutton and Devonport CLP TULO officer
Candy Gregory, North Thanet CLP TULO Women's officer
Jack Dunn, Vice-Chair, Sheffiel Heeley CLP
Colin Nicholson, NE Cambs CLP Vice chair
Sonya Andermahr, South Northants CLP Vice Chair
Jenny Ruskin, Radstock CLP vice chair
John Scott, Crewe and Nantwich CLP Vice Chair
Martin McCulloch Airdrie and Shotts CLP Vice Chair
Pat Page, Dundee CLP Womens Officer
Julie Renyard, New Forest East CLP, Women's and Equality officer
Sylvia Veale, Portsmouth CLP Womens Officer
Georgina Arapi, Stoke South CLP Women's Officer
Carolyn Magson, Bristol East CLP Women's officer
Janis Garbutt, Gloucester CLP Women's officer
Kimberley Griffin, Women’s Officer, Epsom and Ewell CLP
And over 2000 other Labour Party members.