Group of Darlington mums organise ambitious march to London in support of the NHS

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlomum Joanna Adams speaking at an NHS rally in Darlington Darlomum Joanna Adams speaking at an NHS rally in Darlington

A GROUP of North East mothers are organising a rallying cry for the NHS following in the footsteps of the historic Jarrow March.

The People’s March, which already has more than 500 participants signed up, will cover about 300-miles from Jarrow to Westminster in what organisers hope could be one of the biggest mobilisations of people across England in support of the NHS.

It has been organised by a group of working mothers from Darlington who have become disillusioned with the way the NHS is being handled by the government.

The group, which use the name #darlomums on social networking sites, has already organised successful rallies in Durham and Darlington which attracted national high profile speakers.

They are planning the march to start on August 16 and arrive in London on September 6.

It will follow the route taken by the Jarrow Marchers who famously walked to Westminster during the 1930s depression to highlight the poverty in their North-East town.

Darlomum Joanna Adams said the group is working with NHS campaigning groups nationally and has already won the support of key campaigners, unions and community groups across the country.

She added: “Ordinary folk just like me are wanting to join the People's March for the NHS and that is why this project is so exciting.

“At a time when armchair activism is the norm, emails are flooding in with offers to help organise, and to walk one or more of the legs of the route.

“The route is split up into sections of 10 to 15 miles making it easy for groups to join in.

“It may be #darlomums organising the People's March for the NHS but we want everyone across our communities on board.”

Rehana Azam said that through her role with the GMB trade union she has seen first-hand the “devastating effects” government policy is having on the health service.

She said: “We need the public on board with the NHS, advocating for the amazing NHS workers, and how better than a people's march for the NHS?”

She added: “The People's March for the NHS offers an opportunity to build, strengthen and consolidate the strong community support needed to protect our NHS.

“The aim is to pull together all the NHS campaigns and campaigners and unite behind one aim, one issue, our NHS.”

For more information, or to join the march, visit www.999callfornhs.org.uk.

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9:12am Fri 18 Apr 14

laboursfoe says...

Is this Joanna Adams that organised this or another Unite sponsored event like the one in 2013??
Is this Joanna Adams that organised this or another Unite sponsored event like the one in 2013?? laboursfoe
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11:48am Fri 18 Apr 14

The Consultant says...

Don't be deceived by the unions 'DisUNITE' etc. The NHS is in a mess not because of lack of funds but blatant misuse of budgets and shocking management. If anything needs to be done in the NHS they will bring a new department or new team to manage the situation.
IF a Private Partnership was to be introduced they would manage the service from the Frontline to the muppets managing the budgets.
If we managed a Plc the way these clowns waste your money you would ask for resignations!! It needs to be run better like a business but there is also a blame culture or 'that is not my responsibility' culture.

There are several tiers of Management and bureaucracy that hinder the job the Doctors and Nurses are trying to do!

Penpushers and faceless individuals who just care about their job and nothing else.

The march will be futile....Until there is a change in attitudes and an overhaul of the management structure then nothing will change.
Don't be deceived by the unions 'DisUNITE' etc. The NHS is in a mess not because of lack of funds but blatant misuse of budgets and shocking management. If anything needs to be done in the NHS they will bring a new department or new team to manage the situation. IF a Private Partnership was to be introduced they would manage the service from the Frontline to the muppets managing the budgets. If we managed a Plc the way these clowns waste your money you would ask for resignations!! It needs to be run better like a business but there is also a blame culture or 'that is not my responsibility' culture. There are several tiers of Management and bureaucracy that hinder the job the Doctors and Nurses are trying to do! Penpushers and faceless individuals who just care about their job and nothing else. The march will be futile....Until there is a change in attitudes and an overhaul of the management structure then nothing will change. The Consultant
  • Score: -2

10:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bambara says...

UK NHS according to World Health Organisation figures is ranked above the health services of both the USA and Germany.
The UK pays half what the USA does (as a % of GDP) and 2/3 rds what Germany does (again % of GDP)

Yes there are problems with the NHS, they started with privatisation of cleaning services, which was followed almost immediately by MRSA. (Anyone else think the standard of cleaning went down after it was privatised?)

Now much of the problem is down to the break up of the NHS into "Trusts", and the introduction of additional layers of management that would not be needed were it not the Tories long term plan to further break up the service and privatise it by stealth and in pieces. Ever more contracts for private providers, ever more layers of management, ever more targets, ever more budget cuts and below inflation increases, ever more pressure on the staff to deliver the impossible with no additional resources.

The NHS Definately NOT safe in Tory hands.
UK NHS according to World Health Organisation figures is ranked above the health services of both the USA and Germany. The UK pays half what the USA does (as a % of GDP) and 2/3 rds what Germany does (again % of GDP) Yes there are problems with the NHS, they started with privatisation of cleaning services, which was followed almost immediately by MRSA. (Anyone else think the standard of cleaning went down after it was privatised?) Now much of the problem is down to the break up of the NHS into "Trusts", and the introduction of additional layers of management that would not be needed were it not the Tories long term plan to further break up the service and privatise it by stealth and in pieces. Ever more contracts for private providers, ever more layers of management, ever more targets, ever more budget cuts and below inflation increases, ever more pressure on the staff to deliver the impossible with no additional resources. The NHS Definately NOT safe in Tory hands. bambara
  • Score: 5

10:29am Sat 19 Apr 14

JJ2000 says...

The Consultant wrote:
Don't be deceived by the unions 'DisUNITE' etc. The NHS is in a mess not because of lack of funds but blatant misuse of budgets and shocking management. If anything needs to be done in the NHS they will bring a new department or new team to manage the situation.
IF a Private Partnership was to be introduced they would manage the service from the Frontline to the muppets managing the budgets.
If we managed a Plc the way these clowns waste your money you would ask for resignations!! It needs to be run better like a business but there is also a blame culture or 'that is not my responsibility' culture.

There are several tiers of Management and bureaucracy that hinder the job the Doctors and Nurses are trying to do!

Penpushers and faceless individuals who just care about their job and nothing else.

The march will be futile....Until there is a change in attitudes and an overhaul of the management structure then nothing will change.
Absolutely on the ball.
The money has always been there, but is wasted through mismanagement. Add regulations and expectations created by suits far away from the front line and you soon see why doctors and nurses no longer have the facilities to provide the levels of care they wish to provide.
I know of 2 doctors who have taken early retirement because they are now unable to do the job they wish to do.
[quote][p][bold]The Consultant[/bold] wrote: Don't be deceived by the unions 'DisUNITE' etc. The NHS is in a mess not because of lack of funds but blatant misuse of budgets and shocking management. If anything needs to be done in the NHS they will bring a new department or new team to manage the situation. IF a Private Partnership was to be introduced they would manage the service from the Frontline to the muppets managing the budgets. If we managed a Plc the way these clowns waste your money you would ask for resignations!! It needs to be run better like a business but there is also a blame culture or 'that is not my responsibility' culture. There are several tiers of Management and bureaucracy that hinder the job the Doctors and Nurses are trying to do! Penpushers and faceless individuals who just care about their job and nothing else. The march will be futile....Until there is a change in attitudes and an overhaul of the management structure then nothing will change.[/p][/quote]Absolutely on the ball. The money has always been there, but is wasted through mismanagement. Add regulations and expectations created by suits far away from the front line and you soon see why doctors and nurses no longer have the facilities to provide the levels of care they wish to provide. I know of 2 doctors who have taken early retirement because they are now unable to do the job they wish to do. JJ2000
  • Score: 1

10:48am Sat 19 Apr 14

K. Richardson says...

I wonder if some of the people berating everything but the NHS actually know what £120 Billion is, you can't even fit it on a standard calculator.
Show the paxpayer this is being spent wisely and you might garner some more sympathy.
I wonder if some of the people berating everything but the NHS actually know what £120 Billion is, you can't even fit it on a standard calculator. Show the paxpayer this is being spent wisely and you might garner some more sympathy. K. Richardson
  • Score: 2

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