“I had to spend £350 to visit my dying husband”
Socialist Party campaigns against NHS cuts in Radford
Signing the petition against the PFI parking charges at Walsgrave
Members of the Socialist Party were out in Jubilee Crescent, Radford on Saturday morning for our regular campaigning activity highlighting the scandal of cuts in the NHS particularly focusing on the outrageous car parking charges at Walsgrave Hospital.
We had many people sign our petitions, with leaflets taken away highlighting the way forward in the battle to save the NHS.
Several of the people who supported our petition told us about the all to familiar experiences of the car parking rip off at the hospital.
One woman told us over an 11 week period she had to spend over £350 to visit her husband who sadly passed away. Another told us of how his wife had been hurt in a car accident and he had already spent £110 to visit her.
As the result of years of the Socialist Party campaigning on this issue, many are already aware that the car parking charges are the symptom not the disease – that it is all linked to the Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) involved in the NHS.
Our leaflet stated
‘Kick out NHS profiteers! We need to kick the fat cats out of the NHS. The NHS is being privatised bit by bit. Services have gone to private firms across the country and the consequences are already being seen. Services have worsened and are costing more as companies cream off a profit.
The Socialist Party calls for a comprehensive, high-quality NHS, under democratic control with free care at the point of use’
That is why we are supporting the national demonstration on Saturday 4th March, 2017 to defend our NHS (more details to come)
We also had many conversations about the cuts to council services – where unfortunately the Labour Council, rather than providing resistance to Tory austerity is actually closing our libraries, children’s centres and youth clubs.
Thank you to all who signed our petitions, took leaflets away, bought our newspaper The Socialist or donated to help keep our anti-austerity campaigns going.