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On June 30, tens of thousands of ordinary people marched through London to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and to condemn its privatisation. The overwhelming sentiment was expressed in the principle that health care is a right. Many local campaigns, which are the backbone of the resistance to dismantling the NHS, participated, and nurses, doctors and other health workers led the demonstration.
The NHS 70 demonstration thus celebrated the principles underlying a National Health Service, as well as condemning its brutal underfunding and privatisation.
The demonstration ended at Whitehall where Jeremy Corbyn demanded of the government: "In the name of equality, in the name of justice, pay the social care needs that are necessary so people can live with dignity." He continued, "I want to live in a society where we have a health service worthy of the name 'paid for by all of us, for all of us'. It's called socialism." He added, "I want to see the same principles applied in education and in housing."
The movement to safeguard the future of the NHS will certainly continue, as the movement to resist the closure of services is built. A new direction is called for, whereby people and staff are in control. It was this fight that inspired many on the demonstration and will continue to inspire all who are resisting the destruction of the NHS.