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Save the NHS March and Rally

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A Save The NHS march and rally before of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester could draw up to 40,000 protesters this weekend, organisers have said.

The march will begin at Liverpool Road at 11.00am and then proceed through the city center, finishing in Whitworth Park where a rally is to be held.

Greater Manchester Police specified that they plan to reduce disturbances and any “risks of disorder.”

“We respect everyone’s right to peaceful protest and are used to managing similar large scale operations,” Supt John O’Hare said. “We have a proven track record of working with the organisers of protests to minimise disruption, risk of disorder and harm to our communities.”

The protest will mirror some of the topics being addressed at the Conservative Party conference, including: job losses and spending cuts.

“The event will raise concerns about the wider effect that government economic policies are having upon communities across the UK,” a TUC spokesman said.

Among the people joining the rally will be Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Pete Hooton, lead singer of The Farm.

“There are some things in life worth fighting for and we believe the NHS is one of them” says Peter Hooton “One of our members, Steve Grimes, is still alive today thanks to the wonderful care he received after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.”

Francis O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, who is also attending, believes the rally will allow people to “show the Government exactly what they think of their policies.”

“Austerity is having a devastating effect on our communities and services, with 21,000 NHS jobs lost over the last three months alone,” O’Grady said. “The NHS is one of Britain’s finest achievements and we will not allow ministers to destroy, through cuts and privatisation, what has taken generations to build.”

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