Tens Of Thousands Protesters Call For Theresa May’s Resignation Ahead Of NHS 70th Anniversary
Tens of thousands have marched through central London Saturday to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary and demand greater funding for the health service.

Politicians, Nurses, doctors, actors, and musicians also joined the demonstrators stopped outside Downing Street to demand the Prime Minister’s resignation.

“the NHS needs saving, don’t let them break it”, protesters carrying placards and banners reading “Standing together for the NHS” and “NHS SOS” while marching on Whitehall on the week the health service turns 70.

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An estimated 40,000 attendances took part in the protest organised by groups including the People’s Assembly and unions to demand to end the cuts and the “ruinous” privatisation of NHS services, some held placards reading “cuts leave scars” and “people over profit.”

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Other chants including “shame on you Tories” and “hey, ho, Jeremy Hunt has got to go”, rang out as the march paused outside Downing Street.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who addressed the demonstration, said: “It is almost 70 years since the NHS was founded by a Labour government and it’s still our proudest achievement.”

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at NHS demonstration. Photo: Getty

“What the Conservatives have done to our NHS, first under David Cameron, and then Theresa May is appalling.”

Corbyn added: “Deliberate underfunding of services, and squeezing the pay of our brilliant doctors, nurses and health staff, has pushed our NHS to the brink.”

Speaking to the crowds, the leader also warned about “the shocking stories of unacceptable waiting times, ambulance delays and patients left on trolleys in corridors”, and that “they’ve spent years selling off and contracting out our NHS bit by bit, leaving the NHS to be sued by private companies, like Virgin.”

“Labour will end privatisation because our NHS should be about healthcare for all, not profits for a few.”

Corbyn continued: It is a symbol of an uncaring and cruel and divided society that so many go through mental health stress, so many go through it alone, and so many, sadly, take their own lives.”

Earlier this month, Theresa May announced the promise of an extra £20billion in NHS funding as part of a much-fabled “Brexit dividend” as a 70th birthday present.

General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Underfunding has left the NHS on the critical list. There are too few doctors, too few beds, and too few healthcare staff.”

“The best medicine for the NHS is the extra funding it needs, but the government is giving it too small a dose to bring it up to full health.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman also said: “As part of our long-term plan for the NHS we will increase funding by an average 3.4 per cent per year – meaning that by 2023/24 it will receive £20.5 billion a year more than it currently does.”

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