Many are expected to participate in the TUC’s March for an Alternative demonstration against public spending cuts in London today. Protests in UK are not that different to recent protests in the Middle East. Protestors protest to demand changes in government policy & they are attacked by government agents overt and covert. In UK there is the difference that it is more hidden – oppression is done more through ideological control.
A few recent news articles concerning the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.
Tens of thousands of people are in London demonstrating against government cuts to public spending. Around 4500 police are on duty to try to prevent trouble.
Up to a quarter of a million people are expected to join the march and rally against spending cuts.
It is the biggest union-organised event for over 20 years and the largest in the country since the anti-war march in 2003.
More than 1 million people visit A&E every year with a head injury, of whom about 135,000 have a serious problem. Treating such patients, and nursing them back to as close to full health as possible, is one of the NHS’s biggest challenges. Patients can receive care for many months, and permanent disability, rather than a full recovery, can be the outcome.
An network of brain injury rehabilitation units undertakes this slow, delicate work. London has five of them – three in the south of the capital and two in the north – but only until tomorrow. That is when one, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU), based at Edgware community hospital in north London, closes its doors.
BIRU has 15 beds, and patients stay for up to 18 weeks. During that time they receive therapy and support from a multi-disciplinary team of neuro-psychiatrists, neuro-psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and specialist nurses.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said that he does not accept that there has been a change in mood among health professionals and government ministers over his plans to reorganise the NHS.
In an interview with medical professionals’ network Doctors.net.uk, he rejected claims that doctors’ voting for a halt to the health bill at an emergency meeting of British Medical Association earlier this month represented a deterioration in support of his plans.
Lansley also said that by and large Liberal Democrats support the bill, but delegates had voted against the plans at its party’s spring conference because they didn’t agree with certain aspects of it. The main opposition had come from trade unions and the Labour party, he added.
A FAMILY doctor has joined protests over Government plans to give GPs the freedom to buy services for patients.
Lewisham GP Dr Brian Fisher spoke to more than 100 people from the Lewisham SOS group at Ladywell Leisure Centre in Lewisham High Street on Thursday.
He described the proposals as “reckless”.
ONE of the region’s longest serving nurses says she is joining thousands protesting against the cuts today because of her fears for the future of the NHS.
Cate Woolley-Brown, from Billy Row, near Crook, County Durham, has worked as a nurse in the NHS for 44 years.
She says she is joining today’s TUC-organised march against spending cuts in London because of the impact the cuts are having on the health service.
“I can honestly say that I am more worried than I have ever been about the future of the health service,” said Mrs Woolley-Brown, who works at Sedgefield Community Hospital, County Durham.