A HARTLEPOOL activist joined scores of fellow campaigners on the first leg of a march to raise awareness of what they see as the privatisation of the NHS.
Teesside Green Party member and insurance salesman Michael Holt, 25, donned a soldier’s uniform as he took part in the People’s March for the NHS, which started in Jarrow on Saturday and is expected to arrive in London on September 6.
With a nod to the historic Jarrow March of 1936, which was a protest against unemployment in the North-East, campaigners hope the Government will listen to their concerns.
Michael, from Dalton Piercy, walked on the Jarrow to Chester-le-Street leg. Today marchers walked to Ferryhill and will set off to Darlington on Monday.
He said speeches were given by organisers The Darlington Mums, union representatives and a granddaughter of an original Jarrow marcher.
He added: “I think it will be interesting how it picks up steam as the march moves down the country.”
But Shane Moore, Hartlepool’s Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election, said the NHS is not being privatised and that the previous Labour government opened up the NHS so outside bodies, including charities like hospices, to run services on behalf of the NHS.