Activists from the North Devon branch of Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) join in a national day of action.
On February 26, the group will protest against what they call a “rising tide of crises” within the NHS.
Speaking for national and local campaigns, SOHS’ Sue Matthews said: ‘National campaign group SOSNHS say this is a national emergency, but it doesn’t have to be. .
“Private sector providers have failed the NHS time and time again, wasting billions during the pandemic and, despite what the government would have us believe, depriving the NHS of significant revenue streams before the pandemic even started.
“This will be the toughest winter on record for health and social services in a generation.
“We must act now. Despite their best efforts, staff at all levels, from consultants to cleaners, suffer from the lowest morale, mental health and physical ability to carry on. Of course, this concerns all of us. We all need the NHS at some point in our lives.
She added: “The government must invest in a fully state owned and provided NHS and ensure free healthcare for future generations. Staff should receive adequate compensation and conditions – both during training and beyond; without staff, there can be no health service.
“All healthcare students, whether they are in medicine, nursing or any other relevant profession, should not have to pay tuition fees. SOHS is asking members of the public to write – it only takes a line or two – to their MP asking them to support these demands.
Activists will be in Barnstaple town center on February 26 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more advice and information, visit the SOHSDevon and SOSNHS websites https://sohsdevon.org.uk/ and https://sosnhs.org/
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