NHS Birthday Party, Oxford, 1 July

Hands off our NHS hosts – A Mad Hatter’s NHS Birthday Teaparty


Supported by Unison Health, KONP, Oxford & District TUC, Unite Community, Wantage Labour, Oxford Labour



This July is the 69th birthday of our NHS. It was born out of the optimism, conviction and passion to make the world a better place after the Second World War.

Ongoing cuts, privatisation, asset stripping, real-term cuts to staff pay, abolition of student nurse bursaries, imposition of the Junior Doctors’ contract have all combined to create the greatest crisis in the history of the NHS. The 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are designed to be the final nail in the coffin of our NHS as we know it – publicly funded, publicly run and free at the point of need.

The government doesn’t want to hear your voice on these important issues. Make sure they do! Bring vuvuzelas, bring air horns, bring whistles, bring drums, bring anything that will make a noise, join us in an almighty “Howl of Protest for the NHS”.

When and where

Saturday 1st July. Join us at 12.00 for a picnic and rally at the site of the new memorial to the International Brigades, at the bottom of South Park OX4 1NE.

This will be followed by a march to The Martyr’s Memorial (OX1 3BJ) where rousing speeches will be made by our great line up of speakers, including the wonderful Ken Loach.

Our speakers will include:

Ken Loach – Film maker, Director and Socialist

Aneira Thomas – the first NHS baby, born just after midnight on 5th July 1948

Rishi Dhir – orthopaedic surgeon

Sarah Stock & Melissa Darcey – Fighting 4 Life, Lincolnshire

Ciaran Walsh – Oxford radical historian


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