Stroud campaigners join demonstration outside Conservative Party conference
2:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS from Stroud Against the Cuts joined a national demonstration outside the Conservative Party conference on Sunday.
Around 70 campaigners from Gloucestershire were among the 50,000 people who marched through Manchester to protest against the privatisation of the NHS.
James Beecher, a member of Stroud Against the Cuts, said: “The Government says it has ring-fenced funding on the NHS and claims it is increasing year-on-year.
"But with the population and healthcare needs rising and more than £3 billion wasted on an unnecessary top-down re-organisation, budgets are creaking and care is suffering as a result."
Campaigner Caroline Molloy added: “Everyone is very fired up and we have been talking to people about what we've been doing in Gloucestershire fighting privatisation in the NHS.
"It seems others are facing similar problems.”
Under the title Save Our NHS: Defend Jobs and Services – No to Austerity, the march was not only about cuts to health services.
Protesters from campaigns against the bedroom tax, cuts to libraries and pensions, fracking, the badger cull and Atos’ fit-for-work tests also took part in the march.
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