March and rally in Wakefield against NHS cuts and privatisation

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A rally will be held in Wakefield on Saturday by NHS campaigners who are marching to London in protest against cuts and privatisation.

The People’s March for the NHS will arrive at Pinderfields Hospital at around 3.30pm before heading to the Cathedral precinct for a rally at 4.30pm.

The 300-mile march is following the route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade against poverty an unemployment in the North East of England during the Great Depression.

It was up by campaigners who fear that NHS reforms will see the health service broken up and handed to private companies to run for a profit.

Members of Wakefield Keep our NHS Public (KONP) will be at Saturday’s rally.

Dave Coates, the action group’s chairman, said: “We hope to get a message across to unite people in protesting more vigorously against the privatisation of the NHS.”

Wakefield KONP secretary Paul Turek added: “This is about protecting the NHS for future generations.”

The marchers set of from Jarrow in South Tyneside on Saturday and will arrive at the Houses of Parliament on September 6.