A protest march against the “privatisation and destruction” of the NHS was greeted by a 100-strong crowd in Northampton town centre yesterday evening.
The People’s March for the NHS, replicating the route of the 1936 Jarrow March, stopped at All Saints Plaza on George Row on day 21 of the 300-mile trek from the North East to Parliament,
The protest has been organised by a group of Darlington mothers known as the Darlomums, in a bid to lobby the Government to repeal health service changes such as the Health & Social Care Act and clause 119 of the Care Bill.
Addressing a crowd at All Saints, Darlomum Joanna Land, said: “People need the NHS - it’s a cornerstone of our society.
“Everyone should have free healthcare.
“Private companies should not be able to make money out of our misery.
“Legally now the NHS can charge you fore the medical care you need and you will have to find that money in a time of austerity.” She went on to say: “Write to your MP - get out there and make yourself heard. Tell them you need them to restore this national institution, or we will not vote for you.”
A bid by the Northampton Borough Council Labour group, to book the Guildhall for the marchers to stop for refreshments, was vetoed by the Conservative administration in June as the ideals of the march conflicted with national Conservative policies.
The march will have stopped at 23 towns and cities in England by the time it arrives in London on Saturday.
Co-ordinating the 18-mile Northampton leg of the journey, Bianca Todd, said: “Every human deserves free healthcare. While there are those willing to fight for it, we will do.”