A Save Our NHS March and Rally is to take place in Torquay in response to the loss of beds and closure of four community hospitals in the region.
A joint meeting of South Devon Constituency Labour Parties from Torbay, Totnes and Newton Abbot with TUC Health Unions agreed to the joint march and rally, which will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 11am to 3pm.
Labour Party members and Trade Unionists with gather at Torquay Town Hall to March through Torquay Town Centre and then to Speakers Corner on Princess Gardens.
The march will start at noon and the rally will be from 12.45pm.
Guest Speakers from the NHS and Community and the Labour Party will be announced.
“The loss of 100 Acute and Community Beds plus closure of four Community Hospitals have put many to fear the down-grading of our much-loved general hospital in the future on the table,” said Paul Raybould, the South Devon Trades Council secretary.
Torbay Labour Party chairperson Julia Neal said: “Labour Torbay is appalled at the prospect of cuts, privatisation and under funding of our health service.
“We are organising a rally alongside the health unions in Torbay to strongly urge the public to resist the changes which the government is deploying.
“Vital services are to be cut, hospitals have been closed and there is a real threat to public sector worker jobs in the Bay.
“We object to the culture of profit before sickness and will march through Torquay to make our collective voices heard.”