Leeds March Offers Support to Healthcare Professionals

Around 1,000 people have marched through the city of Leeds to pledge their support to the principle of the NHS and its valued healthcare workers.

Campaigners and political groups from across Yorkshire joined forces for the event, which was particularly intended to highlight the difficult conditions in the current NHS climate.

Those protesting gathered in front of Leeds Art Gallery before setting off on the march just after midday.

It is believed that the protest was the largest demonstration in the city this century.

NHS staff, concerned patients and members of the general public all united in order to participate in the march.

Issues raised by the protestors included cuts, privatisation, and a reduction in bursaries for student nurses.

After the protest took place, several esteemed speakers appeared to address the rally, including Dr. John Puntis, a retired paediatrician from Leeds General Infirmary and member of Doctors in Unite, Mike Forster, chair of Save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Campaign and the Dewsbury MP Tracy Brabin.

There are major concerns among healthcare campaigners regarding funding for the NHS, while Brexit has also raised major staffing issues.

 

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