Thousands of people in British capital of London have braved cold weather and rain to march on Downing Street demanding an end to the persisting crisis affecting the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and challenging Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to adequately fund the NHS.
Londoners waged the massive protest march on city streets on Saturday to declare support for the NHS, which has come under intense pressure by the country’s lawmakers to cut costs and even privatize amid continuing shortages of healthcare providers and equipment and numerous problems in timely treatment of patients.
The protesters, including healthcare workers, patients, union members and activists, joined forces to demand an end to the “crisis” in the NHS and press for more funding from the Tory Health Secretary to finance more hospital beds as well as medical staff.
Participants in the march also chanted slogans such as “No ifs, no buts, no NHS cuts!” as they made their way to a rally across from the Downing Street residence of the British prime minister.
The development came as hospitals across the UK have become overwhelmed in recent weeks by a hike in admissions, leading to delays of up to 12 hours on emergency wards, patients left on trolleys for hours and thousands of patients forced to wait in ambulances before receiving urgent care.
The so-called ‘Fix It Now’ march in central London was organized by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly and began at midday to also protest government inaction in response to the NHS winter crisis with numerous speakers that included actor Ralf Little and Nicky Romero, whose daughter had died due to lack of NHS resources.