A CAMPAIGNER is taking part in a national march to raise awareness of concerns over the privatisation of the health service.
Hartlepool’s Michael Holt is urging people from the town and East Durham to join him and around 400 others on the People’s March For The NHS, which starts at Jarrow Town Hall at 11am tomorrow and is expected to arrive in London on September 6.
People can cover as many miles as they like, and insurance salesman Michael, 25, of Dalton Piercy, a member of Teesside Green Party, will complete the leg from Jarrow to Chester-le-Street.
He said: “My concern is the NHS is being privatised under our noses.
“Hartlepool knows better than anywhere else what’s happening as a result of that – we have been waiting for the private finance initiative money to build the hospital at Wynyard and that’s never come.
“And we have had our A&E shut down, that is just a glimpse of what’s happening.”
He said privatisation will make the NHS more expensive and move the health service closer to the American model, where people have to pay for treatment.
Michael added that it is hoped that the march will raise awareness of the issue.
“I’m only a small part of it, I want as many other people as possible to join me,” he added.
“If people are passionate about the NHS it’s worth fighting for. It’s scary to think the NHS might not be there for the next generation.
“It’ll be a big issue at the next election.”
The march is organised by a group called Darlington Mums. For more details see www.999callfornhs.org.uk