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Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham to speak at Bedford rally

A nationwide march to save the NHS will be attended by a shadow cabinet MP when it passes through Bedford on 2nd September.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will speak at the rally in Harpur Square at 6pm.

The march, which left Jarrow on August 16, is calling at 23 towns and cities on the 300 mile journey to London and will enter Bedford around 4pm.

It was founded by a group of mothers from Darlington, concerned about government policy which they see as leading to the 'destruction and privatisation of the NHS'.

Steve Sweeney, Bedford co-ordinator for the march who is a former healthworker and currently regional officer for GMB said: "The march is highlighting the devastating impact of government policy which has seen privatisation, closure of vital services and underfunding in the most dramatic changes in NHS history. We believe that the government is hell bent on destroying the NHS.

"In Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes services are under threat. The healthcare review conducted by the CCGs could see either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospitals without a fully functioning A&E service.

"We are calling on the public to come and show support for the marchers and join the campaign to defend local services," he added.

The march leaves from Bedford Hospital on September 3 with a send off rally in the Britannia Car Park at 10.30am before making its way to Luton.

Read more at http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/NHS-MARCH-Shadow-health-secretary-Andy-Burnham/story-22863040-detail/story.html#KcdXjom5X5vWIxTh.99

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