30 June 2017
A number of Green Party members were proud to support the rally and march for the NHS on Saturday 24th June organised by Worcester's Trade Council in co-operation with It's Our NHS. An estimated 300 people attended the march which processed from Mealcheapen Street down the Shambles, High Street and Broad Street finishing with speeches from a number of organisations.
Louis and Marjory with the Green Party banner
Green Councillor Louis Stephen addressed the assembled crowd:
"Our NHS is the most effective public service that we have ever created. But competition has poisoned it and privatisation is eroding it bit by bit. We have PFI hospital. By not increasing salaries for doctors and nurses by at least the rate of inflation the government has effectively cut their salaries not just for one year but every year since 2010. The government cut back on nursing training places meaning that we have not got enough staff leading to the use of expensive agency and locum staff. We are told by organisations such as Betrayed by Their Trust that we have a culture of bulling. Last winter we had people dying on trolleys in the corridor, the trust has been rated as Failing. That's why we need to take the profit motive out of healthcare and restore a public NHS that will last for generations to come.
We all need to play our part – the question is what are YOU prepared to do about it? We live in a democracy – we are likely to have another GE in the coming months – so I repeat what are you going to about it? I'd urge everyone here to join a political party then start campaigning now for the next GE. We can make history, we can change the government but no one is going to do it for us, we have to fight. Thank you!"
Dan from Worcester Green Party
Nicky with the Green Party banner
Sue from Worcester Green party (in orange t-shirt)
The NHS band!
Green Party Meetings
Come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire. Our next meeting starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th October in The Paul Pry pub (back room) on The Butts, WR1 3PA. It would be great to see some new people.
For more information, contact Louis via email or telephone 01905 359 509.