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Posted: 31 Oct 2013

GMB is to take part in a march and rally on Saturday 2nd November in Brighton to oppose £30 million cuts to Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS services.

 

The march will be an opportunity for everyone who will be affected by proposed cuts to the Brighton and Sussex NHS services a chance to tell Royal Sussex County Hospital Chief Executive Matthew Kershaw not to endanger the people of Brighton and Sussex by making £30 million of cuts.

 

The details of the march and rally are as follows:

 

 

11am 2nd November

From ROYAL SUSSEX COUNTY HOSPITAL

EASTERN ROAD

BRIGHTON BN2 5BE

The march will be led by the ‘Penny for the NHS’ Guy and speakers at Victoria Gardens rally include; Rehana Azam: GMB National Officer, Nancy Platts, Labour Parliamentary Candidate Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven, Caroline Lucas: Brighton Pavilion MP, Dr Louise Irvine: Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign and Stephen McLean, Defend the NHS Sussex.

 

Gary Palmer GMB Organiser said, “GMB invites the public to join members and all who need NHS services to tell Kershaw that we don’t want cuts, outsourcing and the privatisation of Brighton and Sussex NHS services.

 

Saturday’s demo is about giving all interested parties including GMB members, NHS staff and the public a chance to send a clear message to Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive of the Royal Sussex County Hospital that we won’t allow him to endanger our hospitals or the services they provide to the people of Brighton and Sussex by making £30 million of cuts.

 

Mr Kershaw or the ‘Axeman’ as some hospital staff have named him is rushing to outsource, privatise, close, reconfigure and market test as many departments, wards and non-ward based services as possible. He is trying to do this as quickly as he can and without consulting the full staff side unions, patients or the public on the impact these changes and cuts might have upon them as users or employees of BSUH.

 

Matthew Kershaw hardly comes with a track record that inspires our support and confidence, especially off the back of his part in the Lewisham hospital fiasco which was outlawed this week.

 

GMB calls for the immediate resignation of Mr Kershaw, NHS Chief Executive and a halt for all cuts and for the Trust board to call on staff, unions and the public to be fully involved in working together to find the best solution to protect the existing NHS provision of services throughout Brighton and the county.”

 

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Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser on 07552165950 or GMB Press Office: 0794 251823 or 020 7391 6755.