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SOS NHS demonstration in St Peter's Square to demand £20m emergency funding

  • SOS NHS demonstration in St Peter's Square on Saturday 
  • Protest against the Health and Care Bill 2021
  • Plea for government to grant emergency fund of £20m to keep the NHS nationalised

More than 40 organisations associated with the NHS will gather in St Peter’s Square this Saturday to protest against the Health and Care Bill 2021. 

SOS NHS has been set up to fight for emergency funding and in protest against the Health and Care Bill.

Members are demanding that the NHS is kept as a nationalised body to help following the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. 

The bill will divide the NHS into regional bodies and allow for members of the private health sector to sit on hospital boards, with the opportunity to delegate funding in the facilities and potentially staff pay also.

 

It could also remove the guarantee for emergency care to be provided in particular regions, say campaigners. 

SOS NHS wants an extra £20m funding to keep the NHS in public handsby tackling waiting lists and recruiting enough staff. 

A spokesperson said:  “We must act to safeguard services for patients and service users, boost staff morale, and tackle the mental health crisis among health and care staff. Emergency funds must be secured now to avert disaster.” 

The group has organised protests in more than 70 locations across the UK, along with a petition.

The protest takes place in St Peter’s Square at 2pm on Saturday (26 February). 

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