Thousands march on Leeds to keep the NHS public

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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MORE THAN 2,000 NHS workers, patients, doctors and campaigners shouted a resounding message to the Government from the streets of Leeds on Saturday - hands off our NHS.

City campaign group Keep Our NHS Public organised the march around the city centre, which was supported by junior doctors who are embattled in a row over pay and conditions.

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Gilda Peterson, one of the organisers, said the response from the public was “fantastic”.

“It was one of the biggest demonstrations we’ve seen in Leeds for quite a few years,” she said. “People clapped as we went by and number of people joined us - even the police said they were surprised and pleased for us that so many people took part.”

The group is campaigning about what they call “the privatisation by stealth” of the NHS, the demoralisation of staff and lack of financial support.

Fellow campaigners from across Yorkshire, including Airedale, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Sheffield and Harrogate joined protestors, as well as representative from trade unions and the Labour and Green parties.

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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