National Health Service 72nd Birthday Rally in York 5th July 2020

There will be a socially distanced rally on Bootham Field on Sunday 5 July at 2pm followed by an (optional) March to the front of York hospital finishing at 3.45 so folks can log on at home to the Health Campaigns Together HCT/KONP zoom meeting at 4.30.

People are encouraged to bring placards, the slogan for the day is ‘RECLAIM OUR NHS’

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“Under The Knife Film Screening + Q and A” in York 19th October 2019 11:00 – 13:00


“Under The Knife Film Screening + Q&A” at City Screen, York 11:00 – 13:00 Saturday October 19th  2019 Free tickets at

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Bootham Park Hospital Exhibition 21st June Kings Manor, York


Friday 21st June 2019. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. free entry

Huntington room, King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP

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Saturday 30th March, Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together March 11.30 – 2 pm

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Unite the Union Strike at York NHS Trust 27th and 28th September 2018

Facilities staff from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been out on 48 hour strike on 27th and 28th September 2018.

Press coverage has included BBC Look North (6:06 minutes in) and the York Press. The strikes were also happening at Trust sites in Scarborough and Bridlington covered in their local media here and here.

Rachael Maskell MP along with York Labour Councillors and members of Defend Our NHS York, and Mental Health Action York supported the picket lines.


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Unite in Health Strike York Hospital Trust 27th & 28th September 2018

Following the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust decision to transfer its Facilities staff to a wholly-owned subsidiary company the Unite the Union staff involved have overwhelmingly voted to carry out strike action at all the Trust sites on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September 2018

Pickets will run from 6am to 6pm on both Thursday and Friday at all Hospital sites.

Support is obviously going to be welcome. Members of the Unite Community York will be supporting the actions.

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Lobby Against Privatisation at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 25th July 2018 9:30 am

As we reported last year, the York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was planning on setting up a private company to run its Facilities Service employing around 2000 people. Despite representations by the general public, staff and trade unions it appears the Trust Board is intent on going ahead with this plan. York is not the only Trust attempting this but people in Yorkshire have been rallying support against all the Trusts in the County intent on this route and many will attend a rally prior to the Trust’s Board meeting on the 25th July 2018 at 10:00 am. Protestors will be rallying from around 9:00 am onwards with most being there by 9:30 am.

Whilst the Trust claims the staff will not be affected this cannot be true as the only reason is to save money, along with the VAT saving loophole it permits. One example is a similar organisation in North Tees & Hartlepool not paying the recently agreed pay rise to staff in the subsidiary company. Terms and conditions will be eroded, pension rights reduced and much more as cuts are made to pay increased salaries for senior managers.

Come and join trade unionists, staff, retired staff and others in a representation of feelings against what the Trust is doing to our NHS. This protest is just the first of many in Yorkshire. We cannot let this happen.

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NHS 70th Birthday ‘Waggon’ Play Performed in York 5th July 2018

In York on the 5th July Defend Our N.H.S./Mental Health Action performed a specially written (by Anne Leonard) and produced ‘wagon’ style play, outside St Michael Le Belfrey Church opposite York Minster whilst the great and good gathered inside there, including the then Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Jeremy Hunt.

The play presented the how and why of the National  Health Service being formed and the present effects of austerity and Tory policy on the service, it also included the famous speech by Aneurin Bevan.

Well done to all those involved for a stirling and stirring performance – a shame that Jeremy had to miss it! Or was that why he became Foreign Secretary?

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Report on the NHS 70th Birthday Event in York 29th June 2018 7:30 – 11:00


Rachael Maskell MP cutting the 70th birthday cake

Rachael Maskell MP cutting one of the 70th birthday cakes

As a joint effort between Defend Our NHS York and Mental Health Action York there was a 70th birthday party for our National Health Service at the York Hospital Social Club on White Cross Road, Haxby Road, York on Friday 29th June 2018 from 7:30 until 11 pm. Much of the effort was down to Gwen Vardigans, who had brought out of  retirement and from their various new homes the band “Reason Breeds Monsters” to play their particular brand of protest music, along with singer/songwriter Bill Eadson. Tesco and Asda in the city had helped with providing the cakes, balloons and tablecloths.

Rachael Maskell MP made an impassioned speech, cut the two birthday cakes and circulated amongst the tables to speak to those attending. She stated that she had a double reason to celebrate on the 5th July as it was her birthday too, as well as being personally thankful for the NHS.

The evening was a success with a contribution being made to the York Hospital Charity, along with a needed boost to Defend Our NHS York funds

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NHS 70th Birthday Event in York 29th June 2018 7:30 – 11:00

Tickets will be on sale via Gwen from 17th May

York Hospital Social Club. White Cross Road,. Haxby Road,. York,. YO31 8JR

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