An NHS National Emergency Day of Action is being held next Saturday (February 26).
In Southampton, the event, organised by Southampton Action, will see protesters assemble at The Bargate at 1.30pm, before marching through Above Bar, returning to The Bargate for a rally at 2.30pm.
The protesters demands are emergency funding of £20 billion to save lives this winter, investment in a fully publicly-owned NHS and guaranteed free healthcare for future generations, and for staff to be paid properly.
They say: “This will be the hardest winter ever in health and social care. We must act to safeguard services for patients and service users, boost staff morale and tackle the mental health crisis amongst health and care staff. Emergency funds must be secured now to avert disaster.
“We must repair crumbling hospitals, restore NHS beds, recruit, retrain, train and properly pay health and care staff; rebuild underfunded public health and GP services struggling to respond effectively to covid; publicly fund a service for care and independent living support, and much more.
“We need new legislation to secure a fully public NHS and end privatisation.”
For more information, visit sosnhs.org
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