A musical evening of NHS protest at Ruskin House

Thornton Heath councillor Pat Clouder has urged residents to join an evening of politics and musical entertainment at Ruskin House this Saturday to protest against dangers to the NHS posed by the government’s shake-up of the health service and against threats to Croydon’s library service.

The meeting is especially appropriate in a week when a public inquiry has revealed that Croydon NHS may be lumbered with an £18 million burden that will hurt local health services.

The concert and social event, which costs just £3 to enter, has a great musical line up that includes Ron Trueman-Border, the Faithshakers, Trevor Hyett & Accoustic Bridge and the Dave King Trio.

Kevin O’ Brien, Unison branch secretary at St Helier Hospital and campaigner against privatisation of the NHS, is a speaker along with Richard Bagley, the new editor of the Morning Star.

“People need to understand that when it comes to the Health Minister’s plans for the National Health Service, the patients don’t want them, the nurses don’t want them, even the doctors don’t want them and we have to reinforce that message to him,” Clouder said.

The event, with a buffet and real ales available in two bars, is to be held at the historic Ruskin House in Coombe Road, South Croydon, from 8pm on November 3.

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