Save our NHS stages march in Sheffield City Centre

A march took place this weekend to stop the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Broad Lane walk-in centre.

Chants of “whose NHS? Our NHS!” rung as campaigners and protesters marched from Sheffield City Hall to Royal Hallamshire Hospital to make their voices heard.

A series of speakers stood on the steps of Sheffield City Hall to rally other protesters together.

Annie Brown of Unison said: “We’re here today to give voice of the people of Sheffield. They stated clearly that they don’t want cuts our NHS services.

“They don’t want the Minor Injuries Unit to close and they don’t want Broad Lane walk-in centre to close.”

She added: “In the official consultation, 49% of responders said they didn’t want any of the options proposed, by the clinical commissioning group, who were proposing to close these services.” 

 

Save Our NHS campaigners passed out picket signs and leaflets advertising their future Marches, which will take place across England.

They asked for petition signatures and donations to continue to rally against NHS closures.    

Annie Brown said: “Firstly, we need health care services provided in all parts of the city. Not just at the Northern General, where access for many is a big problem.

“Secondly, the most vulnerable people in need want services close to the city centre and thirdly, we won’t accept closure of valued services with the promise of better care in the community tomorrow. We’ve had that said to us too many times.

“We know GPs and community services are already stretched to the maximum.”

Also at the march was a South Yorkshire Mayoral candidate Naveen Judha, with a flank of blue “I Stand with the NHS” picket signs and banners.

Naveen Judha said: “The reason I decided to run for Mayor was because, in this region there was a survey done by the offices of what’s going to be the Mayor.” 

“The folks of this region said the most important thing that they thought should be tackled is health. And yet, none of the other six candidates even mention health in their manifesto, which is a gross dereliction of duty. So when I saw that, I said that somebody has got to show and stand up for what people think is the most important thing!”

This march was a part of the wider effort to stop privatisation of the NHS and follows a march held in Leeds earlier this month.

Save Our NHS will continue to campaign in Sheffield with upcoming meetings, lectures and demonstrations occurring throughout the month of May.

Deborah Cobbett, an NHS Campaigner, said that Save Our NHS hoped to achieve positive change by putting pressure on local NHS managers to reconsider their position on the Minor Injuries Unit and Broad Lane walk-in centre.