Approximately 250,000 people marched through London at the weekend in protest at planned cuts in NHS provision.

As previously highlighted in this blog, the Government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans, attempting to bring about a reduction in spending, are likely to lead to hospital and A&E closures, bed number reductions and ward mergers across the country.

Although the Department of Health is investing an additional £4billion in the NHS this year, a spokesperson, quoted by the BBC, commented that it was proving difficult to keep up with increasing demand.

As the NHS has already been struggling over this winter, protesters were concerned about the effects of future cuts on the provision of care for patients.

One marcher, Deputy Chairman of the British Medical Association council, David Wrigley, commented that “Patients are not getting the care they deserve.” A GP himself, he further commented, “As a doctor I see day to day the serious pressures in the NHS due to funding cuts from the government.”

Unite, the UK’s biggest union, commented that ‘hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are on their knees.’

The marchers were demanding a fully funded NHS and social care services.

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