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Lobby of Simon Hughes Saturday 25th February 2012

posted 27 Feb 2012, 13:40 by Lewisham KONP   [ updated 26 Apr 2012, 16:19 ]
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On Saturday 25th February Lewisham Keep Our NHS Public (Lewisham KONP) held a lobby of MP Simon Hughes outside of his constituency office in Bermondsey. Simon Hughes who, having previously promised in early 2011 to vote against the Health & Social Care Bill, voted for the privatisation of the NHS when the bill was last in parliament during the summer of 2011.


At least 30 people attended the Saturday lobby with the intention of personally urging Simon Hughes to drop the Health & Social Care Bill. Hughes cancelled his Saturday surgery clearly preferring not to confront the widespread opposition to the bill which he supports. The protest comprised of health campaigners, including 3 GPs, who spoke to the people of Bermondsey using Lewisham KONP’s sound system about the dangers of NHS privatisation, chiefly that this bill will destroy our universal NHS and will eventually usher in a US style health system. A video of one GP speaking can be viewed from the link at the bottom of this article. Other speakers included a US citizen now resident in Britain who told the people of Bermondsey she grew up in the 1980s without an NHS in America and recalled having to cross the Mexican border to buy medicine they could not afford in the USA. in less than 2 hours over 160 people of Bermondsey signed the open letter to Hughes urging him to drop the bill.


Protestors also made their intentions clear to join the central London NHS protests on 7th March urging the Government to drop the bill. Protests start from 1 p.m. and continue through into the evening including a march and rally, full details are available from our homepage.
Dr Irvine Video Simon Hughes Lobby 25.02.12.MOV
Lewisham KONP,
27 Feb 2012, 13:40