UNISON activists across the North West have been celebrating 65 years of the National Health Service ahead of the NHS’s 65th Birthday on Friday 5th July.
Events and stalls have been held in NHS workplaces across our region including at the Royal Oldham Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, Morcambe Bay and the Royal Liverpool Infirmary. Activists at Stepping Hill have baked a special 65th anniversary cake to fuel the celebration.
UNISON is highlighting the need to defend our health service against Government cuts, revealing the damage caused to healthcare provision in the North West by costly NHS reorganisation and how the union has succeeded in defending jobs and services in many areas.
Union members have developed 6 core principles to defend our NHS which form the basis of UNISON’s work in health, and activists have been asking staff and patients to support them.
This week’s celebrations will culminate in a public rally on Friday 5th July at 7pm in Manchester Town Hall, where speakers will include UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis and Debbie Abrahams MP.