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SLP Protest At Jeremy Hunt's Southport Hospital Visit

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Over a hundred protestors gathered at Southport Hospital today to voice their anger at the current state of the NHS during a visit by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

Despite recent reassurances from the town's Conservative MP, Damien Moore, that the hospital is safe, many people are unconvinced that it will remain untouched given the current local review of its services.
 
The review comes as a result of the Conservative Government's Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which is looking to make over £900 million worth of savings.
 
Another major reason for the scepticism is Jeremy Hunt himself who, despite his denials, is widely seen an advocate of privatisation and most recently was also severely criticised by world-renowned scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, for his claims regarding increased mortality rates at weekends.
 
Amid shouts of "Ban the Hunt" and "Save the NHS" protestors demanded that Mr Hunt resign and claimed that he was deliberately underfunding and undermining the NHS in an effort to ease the path to privatisation.
  
As Mr Hunt's black Jaguar swept past there were loud boos and jeers. 
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Southport Labour Party helped organise the demonstration and its Chair, Mhairi Doyle, said:
 
"No-one is fooled by Jeremy Hunt's claims to be a supporter of the NHS. He literally co-wrote the book calling for it to be dismantled and replaced with a US-style private insurance system. The Tories simply cannot be trusted with the NHS."
 
Local demonstrators were joined by hospital staff and trade union members from the GMB and Royal College of Nursing, as well as Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson, and Southport's Labour Parliamentary Candidate in 2015 and '17, Liz Savage.
  
"It's a joint protest because we all need to come together to protect one of our most vital national resources," said  Mhairi Doyle, "The damage the Conservatives are causing is deliberate, it has to stop. Mr Hunt needs to realise that and realise it quickly.
  
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commented 2017-08-22 20:02:44 +0100
Good to see such a big turnout of Labour members and Trade Union members as well as some of my own Anti Fracking Group FrackFreeSouthport as well as some NHS employees
Well done all of you I am so proud to be a part of it and good to see a Local MP Bill Esterson there, We all know our Southport Conservative MP sneaked in the Staff Entrance to avoid eye contact
commented 2017-08-22 15:04:26 +0100
It was extremely encouraging the number of passing motorists that tooted their horns and encouraged us. It shows the clear impact that Labour are having in this town. As a friend said to me, a few years back, there would have only been 10-12 people there for something like that. Now, we feel that we CAN do something,it’s no longer a formality in this town.
Let’s keep the pressure up, and achieve our aim :)

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