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CSP members join Manchester rally to 'Save our NHS'

30 September 2013 - 4:13pm

NHS physiotherapists joined as many as 50,000 demonstrators in the streets of Manchester yesterday to the ‘Save our NHS’.


Donnie Anderton (left): Once the government’s policies take effect, it will be too late

CSP steward Donnie Anderton, who addressed the crowds in Manchester’s Whitworth Park on behalf of the Society, said:

‘The weather was great and 40,000 people were expected, but 50,000 came. At one point the protest was more than a mile long.'

The CSP’s chief executive Phil Gray, director of employment relations and union services Lesley Mercer and assistant director Claire Sullivan also took part.

Rachael Machin, an NHS physiotherapist from Staffordshire, said: ‘I marched on Sunday to save our precious NHS.

‘I’ve just completed my 20th year of working in the NHS and I’m deeply concerned that the NHS we know and love may not be here in the next 20 months, let alone 20 years.’

Another demonstrator, Gian Rothwell, a physiotherapist for the NHS in Greater Manchester, said: ‘I think it’s outrageous that the government is trying to whittle away the NHS, and sneaking in privatisation.

‘And I think it’s important that we make our feelings known. If we just sit back and accept it, we have no one to blame but ourselves.’

Mr Anderton told the crowds about his concerns that outsourcing and the any qualified provider model will lead to further fragmentation of the health service, a decrease in quality and undermine the NHS as a universal service free at point of use.

‘I just feel that these endless policy changes are damaging us as a profession,’ he said. ‘People are getting more stressed, as workloads are increased and services are overstretched, and are less able to give the quality of patient care because they can’t spend enough time with patients.’


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