NHS campaign groups from around the country are gathering in Louth, Lincolnshire on Saturday 2 September to protest against the threatened downgrading or closure of Louth County Hospital:
The gathering is being organised by the campaign group ‘Fighting for Louth Hospital’.
Organisers expect up to 300 supporters to attend and the march will be headed by a 20 piece Samba Band from the Public and Commercial Services Union who are supporting the NHS campaign.
The future of Louth County Hospital is in jeopardy following the publication of the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in December 2016 and due for review at the end of this September.
The gathering will take place at Westgate Fields and the march will pass through the town finishing at Louth Hospital Social Club.
An event in support of the hospital will follow and include guest speakers and an afternoon and evening of music featuring popular local bands. For more information about the event please visit the campaign website at: fighting4louthhospital.org.uk.
The situation in Lincolnshire mirrors the threat to hospitals and services across the length and breadth of England as the Tories continue their push toward a US-style, insurance-based system under the cover of STPs and sham consultations, so this is an event of importance to all NHS supporters, especially those living in England – the NHS is a devolved matter in Wales and Scotland – so if you can get there, be there.
Let’s see if we can swell this event a long way beyond 300 marchers.
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