Scrap Parking Charges at Walsgrave Hospital!

Scrap Parking Charges at Walsgrave Hospital!

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Parking charges at Walsgrave Hospital have been increased again, despite thousands of people signing a petition calling for them to be scrapped.

This means it will now cost £2.30 to park for just an hour, while stays of 7 hours or over will be a massive £8.50!

The charges were brought in as a result of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), which was brought in by Labour and was the first step towards the attempted privatisation of the NHS which is now being pushed by the ConDem Government. The charges had previously been reduced in 2011 as a result of a mass campaign led by the Socialist Party.

Rob McArdle, the prospective Socialist candidate for Lower Stoke, said “Socialists in Coventry have fought many years against NHS parking charges. We call for all PFI to be scrapped, millions of pounds of taxpayers money is being wasted on these projects. This diverts money away from our NHS and results in a poorer service for patients. We call for a properly funded PUBLIC NHS, end PFI now!”

For free parking at Walsgrave – kick PFI and privatisation out of the NHS!

Coventry Socialists support RMT members at City Link and continue NHS campaign

Coventry Socialists support RMT members at City Link and continue campaign against NHS cuts

Jane Nellist, secretary of Coventry TUC with RMT activists

Jane Nellist, secretary of Coventry TUC with RMT activists

The Socialist Party were campaigning across Coventry today. Party members supported RMT members at City Link who were leafletting outside Marks and Spencers in protest against attacks on their terms and conditions.

Socialist Party members in the City Centre

Socialist Party members in the City Centre

Elsewhere the campaign against attacks on our NHS continued, with campaign stalls set up Cheylesmore, Earlsdon and the city centre. Last week up to 60,000 people marched through Manchester in protest against the Tory attacks, and many Coventry people stopped to sign our petitions and take leaflets against NHS privatisation.

Richard Groves campaigning against NHS cuts

Richard Groves campaigning against NHS cuts

Party member Richard Groves reports

‘People are angry against cuts to the NHS. But it is not just our NHS under attack but all public services including council jobs and education, as well as the welfare state. We need a united fightback that opposes all cuts in jobs and services.’

The Socialist Party has a long history of campaigning against cuts to the health service, and will be continuing the fight over the coming weeks and months. It is a disgrace that the Tories are proposing to cuts NHS workers pay at a time that the cost of living is rising. But we need to remember that Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS – after all it was the Labour Party who told us that the Private Finance Initiative is the only game in town. We say the NHS must be kept as a public service, free at the point of use!

Thank you to everyone who stopped and signed our petitions and showed support, particularly those that made donations no matter how small. We rely on donations from ordinary people to keep our campaigns going, unlike the other parties we have no big business backers.

Party members in Earlsdon

Party members in Earlsdon

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