Saturday, 6 July 2013

NHS: don't break the chain - 65th Anniversary



I'll be helping Vicky Groulef and the Battle ward councillors  at the Oxford Road fun day later today.  The NHS is certainly not ready to retire and we're hoping to create a giant paper chain of people's thoughts about the NHS.  Vicky's press release is below:
 Victoria Groulef, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Reading West, will be at the Oxford Rd Fun Day on Saturday, making a giant NHS paper chain, to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the NHS.
Victoria is calling on local people to celebrate this incredible institution and ensure it is strengthened for future generations. Members of the public will be invited to write on individual links what the NHS means to them, forming a giant paper chain symbolising how the NHS links us all together.
Victoria said “The NHS today is suffering from a very real crisis which is why I am asking people in Reading to visit labour.org.uk/nhs-crisis and join Labour’s campaign calling on David Cameron to keep his promise to protect our health service. 
“Here in Reading our local A&E at Royal Berks is overstretched, with experts warning that services could fail by the winter, if urgent action isn’t taken.”
Victoria continued “I’ve spoken to both patients and health workers in Reading and they’ve all told me they are worried about the future of the NHS. I know first-hand how amazing our NHS is but it needs protecting so that future generations are able to benefit from our incredible health service.
 “Labour created the NHS in 1948, and it is one of our proudest achievements. Its 65th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate, but if we’re going to commemorate further milestones then we need to make sure our NHS is strengthened and protected for the future.”