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Tens of thousands of people - including NHS workers, campaigners and union representatives - have marched in London to protest against "yet more austerity" in the health service.

Axar.az reports that, protesters on the #OurNHS march wanted to draw attention to plans which could see hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England cut back.

Union leaders say many NHS services "are on their knees". The Department of Health says it is investing an extra £4bn in the NHS.
Organisers say that "at least 250,000" people took part in the march, which began in Tavistock Square and ended in Westminster, where speakers including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd.
There is no official estimate of the numbers who took part.

Mr Corbyn called for the government to provide more funding for the health service in next week's Budget.
Speaking to the protesters in Parliament Square, he said: "The NHS is in crisis, in crisis because of the underfunding in social care and the people not getting the care and support they need.

"It is not the fault of the staff. It is the fault of a government who have made a political choice." The protest organisers say the government's proposed Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) across the NHS in

England are a "smokescreen for further cuts" and the "latest instruments of privatisation". These proposals involve the complete closure of some hospitals and the centralising of some services such as A&E and stroke care on fewer sites.

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2017.03.04 / 21:29
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