Belper group joins protest against NHS privatisation

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Campaigners from Belper joined a national 300-mile march to protest against the privatisation of health services.

The crusading group were part of The People’s March - which is re-tracing the footsteps of the Jarrow March - a 1936 advance on Parliament which protested against unemployment.

They joined 600 people on Tuesday, August 26 as the walkers, led by five mothers from Darlington, came into Chesterfield on their way to London.

And as part of their contribution to the event the Belper SOS NHS members held a pop-up choir in the Town Square and staged a play entitled “Carry On NHS: Oh Matron”.

Keith Venables from the group said: “As we entered town, a middle aged man in a business suit collared me and said ‘Privatise our NHS? “I don’t believe you’.

“I explained that the Health and Social Care Act means that anyone can buy profitable parts of our NHS.

“Derbyshire isleading the country in writing songs to cherish Our NHS. It’s Our NHS and we are going to keep it.”