999 Call for the NHS is calling for a National Day of Action on Valentine’s Day 14th February 2015 to show our support for the NHS.
All NHS campaign groups are invited to organise rallies and protests on this day to show support for their local NHS services, and oppose the governments privatisation agenda. Groups could hold a rally in their town, march from their local hospital to the town hall or town centre, hold a showing of the film Sell-Off, or protest at a bank involved in the PFI scam.
Let’s put Nye Bevan, founder of the NHS, on our £20 notes!
Aneurin Bevan, chief architect of the National Health Service, was one of the most important ministers of post-war Britain. A lifelong champion of social justice and the rights of working people, he established the NHS in 1948 as the world’s first universal healthcare system, funded from general taxation, publicly provided and free at the point of need.
Despite the economic hardships of the immediate post-war period, Bevan was determined that the new National Health Service should give the very best care to all the people equally, irrespective of how rich or poor they were.
For almost seven decades now, the NHS has served Britain in the same spirit that Bevan himself set forth in his account of its founding, ‘In Place of Fear’:
“… no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”
National polls consistently name the National Health Service as the thing that makes most people proud to be British. It reflects the diversity of our country, caring for and staffed by people from a multitude of races and backgrounds. The 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS in 2018 is the ideal time to recognise its founder. We believe featuring Aneurin Bevan on our £20 banknote is a fitting tribute.
Watch @DES_Journal diaporama and health posters album on Flickr.
” This winter 2015 there is a battle between those who care for people and those who only care about profits. We have to save the NHS from the greed & corruption of private companies who wish to sacrifice one of the greatest institutions of our country, recognised globally as the most cost-effective and efficient health service in the world. ” Sources: 999callfornhs.