Branches will be aware from earlier circulars that the trade union movement is getting behind the celebration events to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the NHS. NIPSA has produced a leaflet and poster which are being supplied to branches for distribution and display. These can also be accessed on www.nipsa.org.uk.
In celebrating its past we must also fight to protect the future of a properly funded, fully resourced, accessible public health service. Squandering millions of pounds on Agency workers resulting in the casualisation of work in the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland must be brought to an end. Likewise the millions of pounds spent on private health care and private consultants when these funds should be directed to a health service for all not just those that have the wealth to afford it.
Branches are encouraged to leaflet in public areas in local towns and to galvanise support among members and the broader community, encouraging as many supporters as possible to attend the march and rally on Saturday 30 June. The parade assembles at Writer’s Square, Belfast at 1.30pm and marches to the Belfast City Hall for a rally at 2.30pm. NIPSA Headquarters staff will be contacting branches over the coming days to see what support branches and members can provide to ensure a massive turn out on 30 June.