HEALTH campaigners will gather for a major national conference in London today amid warnings that the NHS will not last another winter with Tories are in power.
People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn told the Star the only way to protect the NHS was to kick the Tories out of office.
He explained that the attacks on the NHS were part of wider government plans to erode the progressive social gains in health, housing and education that were fought for by working people over generations.
Mr Fairbairn said: “Everything the Tories touch turns into a crisis. The NHS will not last another winter. That means we must make sure the Tories don’t last another winter either.
“We can either keep the Tories and lose the NHS or lose the Tories and keep the NHS. You can’t have both.”
He was speaking ahead of today’s Health Campaigns Together national conference which will be addressed by film director Ken Loach along with trade unionists and NHS campaigners.
Hundreds of activists from across the country are expected to gather as they discuss plans to “defend and restore our NHS.”
The campaign group said the government has “no mandate” for cuts and privatisation and called for attacks on the NHS to be “stopped, dropped and abandoned.”
The conference comes as the latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show an alarming fall in the number of registered nurses and midwives.
More than 35,000 have left the register since October last year with the NMC chief executive warning of “major challenges” in the recruitment and retention of staff.
The conference takes place at Hammersmith Town Hall from 11am to 4pm.