Tens of thousands march in London, joined by Jeremy Corbyn, from across the UK to defend the NHS on its 70th birthday and demand it is #Free4AllForever
An estimated 50,000 marched through sunny central London to Downing Street and Whitehall in the mass demonstration called by People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together and supported by the TUC and health unions. Amongst them were a whole array of groups and campaigns from across the country - from Wigan hospital strikers to the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary campaign, rail and postal workers and delegations from constituency Labour parties. We've brought together some of the most impressive moments of the day - from Corbyn on stage to some excellent placards and fighting-spirited testimony from patients, staff and even babies! Check it out below...
-- Speeches on Whitehall --
Our NHS is on its knees after eight years of Tory underfunding, privatisation and failure.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 30, 2018
That is why on its 70th birthday, we must come together to campaign to save it.
We must defend healthcare as a human right. #OurNHS #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/1P3ASKq0oG
What a wonderful march and demo! A huge thank you to all our signing stewards, platform interpreters and of course everyone who came down and joined the BSL Block! #ourNHS70 #Free4AllForever #BSLBlock pic.twitter.com/CO6ZgdukY5— NUBSLI (@NUBSLI) June 30, 2018
Jeeves Wij, BMA Junior Doctors Committee Chair
-- On the march! --
Tens of thousands of people are on the streets of London celebrating 70 years of #OurNHS and demanding that it stays #Free4AllForver The Conservatives are trying to destroy our NHS. They want to sell it off to their rich mates in the city. It's up to all of us to save it. pic.twitter.com/jJI4m1Cf59— UK Uncut (@UKuncut) June 30, 2018
Marching to celebrate and fight for one of our greatest creations - the National Health Service. It brought me into this world and gave me an extra 10 years with my mum. Thank you NHS! #OurNHS70 #Free4AllForever pic.twitter.com/wQKztjmgmQ— Faiza Shaheen (@faizashaheen) June 30, 2018
-- Video action --
People's Assembly LIVE VIDEO - from march to closing speeches!
All out against Trump's visit on 13 July 2pm at Downing Street:
At Downing Street today...
NHS birthday cake!
-- Best placards --
Placards ready for our NHS 70th anniversary celebration in London today. What decade are you dressing as? Catch you there. I'll be the 90's raver #NHS70 #OurNHS70 #NHS #saveournhs #7decadesofnhs #90srave #90s pic.twitter.com/9CNvp8xUle— Hazel Wood (@HazelWood269) June 30, 2018
-- Solidarity from the frontlines and across UK! --
Nurses on the march...
Great day at #OurNHS70 celebration and demonstration! Thousands of people gathered to show their support for OUR NHS! ❤— Natalie Slater (@NatalieJ_Slater) June 30, 2018
Great to see @KateYoungs1 and @SamSpence01 again too! @thercn @RCNStudents @RCNWestMids #studentnurse #Free4AllForever pic.twitter.com/5A548Qciyp
Babies for the NHS
Currently in hospital with my beautiful 5 day old #twins. @gnorthfield and I owe the #NHS everything for looking after us so well over this past week. #OurNHS70 is worth fighting for - Elsie and Arthur have started already! pic.twitter.com/tecLpeIBOR— Nicky Evans (@nickyevansbsl) June 30, 2018
#OurNHS70— Vic Tweedie (@VicTweedie) June 30, 2018
Happy Birthday NHS! We can't be on the march today, but showing our support!
Big thank you to all of the people who supported us through pregnancy, birth and the first very difficult 9 days of Polly's life.
Such an amazing and important resource - long live the NHS! pic.twitter.com/TkROaUupiU
A little message from @jeremycorbyn to the @WWLNHS strikers!#saynotosubco #SaveOurNHS #HandsOffOurNHS #Wigan #wwl #Unison #100percentNHS #wrightington #leigh #NHS #unite #saynotoprivatisation #wwlfamily #stillsaynotosubco #OurNHS70 #NHS70 #Free4AllForever pic.twitter.com/AflwGdKDPV— #SAVEOURNHS (@SaveWWLNHS) June 30, 2018
Patients and staff speak up
From the festivals...
-- Unions out --
‘We must keep up the pressure, keep campaigning, keep making noise like today - because it is clearer now than ever that we will keep fighting for our NHS. Free, for all, forever. @AskJeevesWij #OurNHS70 pic.twitter.com/vDQNjFhinr— The BMA (@TheBMA) June 30, 2018
A little bit sunburnt but a whole lot proud of #GMB crowd at today’s #OurNhs70 March in London. Especially @HelenOConnorNHS closing speech to huge cheers when she spoke of 87% of GMB members saying No to the governments real terms pay cut for #NHS staff. #itsaNOfromUs pic.twitter.com/97QsFsxHUn— Rachel Harrison GMB (@RHarrisonGMB) 30 June 2018
Jack Hazeldine is an organiser in the People's Assembly and Stop the War.
Based in Bristol, he has coordinated the largest demonstrations and public meetings in the city in recent years: against austerity, in support of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of Labour, over the Junior Doctors' struggle and against the British bombing of Syria. He is currently travelling between the UK and Catalonia, building the solidarity campaign and corresponding on events.
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