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Kearney urges support for NHS rally

28 June, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and Workers Rights spokesperson, Declan Kearney MLA, has called on the public to support the march and rally to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

The rally, taking place on Saturday 30th June in Belfast is being organised by NIC-ICTU.

Declan Kearney said:"Following years of austerity and ideologically driven funding cuts to the Health Service in the north of Ireland, the concept of free healthcare from cradle to the grave continues to come under sustained attack from Tory policy. That is mirrored by a systemic crisis within the health care system in the southern state.

"The creeping privatisation of healthcare threatens jobs, working conditions and the level of care and treatment available to citizens.

"The lesson of the NHS in Britain is that proper investment in comprehensive health care which is free at the point of delivery and operates under democratic control is the best model. Saturday's rally is about asserting the importance of these priorities and values.

"This is a time when wider society should be standing in solidarity with healthcare workers and speaking out in support of free, sustainable health services which provide the highest standards of care for all our citizens; as well as the principle of democratic control and accountability.

"I would encourage all democrats and progressives, and people who care about the regional health service in the north, to attend the rally this Saturday in Belfast and demonstrate their support for the Health Service, and those health workers who continue to provide a service under extreme pressure and reducing resources."

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