August 17, 2016 by Protect Our NHS
In dark times we need to stand together.
If we fight we may lose; if we don’t fight we cannot win.
So, on the evening of Friday 2nd September join us in Bristol – at the Easton Community Centre – for an evening of entertainment, information, humour and song to celebrate the NHS and to defend it.
#BristolLive4NHS is just one of a number of events being organised by campaign groups across the country, all leading up to the second reading of the NHS Reinstatement Bill scheduled for 4th November 2016.
The NHS in England is being dismantled; it stands on the brink of destruction. ‘Bristol Live for the NHS’ is an opportunity for us to get together and show our commitment to bringing back the principles on which it was founded – a publicly owned, publicly provided and publicly accountable service for all. These principles have been seriously undermined by successive governments and if we fail to defend them, just as in the US, England will very soon no longer have a public health service.
Join us to hear about the dangers facing the NHS and what we can all do to save it, to celebrate what we still have and to raise vital funds for ‘Protect our NHS’ which has been at the forefront of the battle to save NHS services locally as well as in the national campaign to fight the privatisation of health services.
The evening will be informative but also fun, because in dark times we must remember that when we stand together in the spirit of hope and of resistance we have the power to save the things which are important to us.
Phil Hammond – Doctor, broadcaster, journalist, campaigner and comedian, Phil will be compering the evening on the back of his run at the Edinburgh Festival fringe. He is also presenter for Radio Bristol, the only place where you can book a regular appointment with a GP on a Saturday.
Tracey Curtis – Folk singer/songwriter Tracey was a member of the truly wonderful Shelly’s Children a band who delivered some of the most biting lyrics of the late 80’s. She describes herself as an anarchist and activist, and wrote ‘Don’t Sit Silently’ a song in defence of the NHS during which she encourages people to protest to the Government enforced changes to an institution that “belongs to us”. She writes and sings songs of conviction that are laced with humour, and camaraderie for working people and the wider community.
Mandy Robinson – Mental Health Nurse, union activist and local campaigner, was involved in leading the campaign to keep Virgin Care out of running Bristol’s children’s community health services.
Youssef El-Gingihy – Doctor, campaigner is the author of ‘How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps’. Youssef is a GP who will tell the story of how the NHS has been gradually converted into a market-based healthcare system over the past 25 years. He fears that there will not be an NHS as our generation grows old and certainly not for our children. Yet the British public remains largely unaware of this and the media, with few exceptions, have failed in their duty to inform them. He fills that gap admirably.
Carl Walker – Campaigner, academic, comedian is the author of ‘Picked Up, Patched Up and Sent Home: Why I love the NHS’. Carl will bring his quirky, very funny take on the NHS, sharing stories, sharply observing the sometimes outrageous, often excruciating but always entertaining accounts of his different interactions with one of Britain’s greatest treasures.
David Leach – Northern ukulele player, singer and comedian, is a passionate supporter of the NHS. With a ukulele in his hand and a song in his heart, David is a small Lancastrian songwriter with buckets of charm. A modern day George Formby, his witty songs take you on nostalgia trips to remember seaside towns, going back home, mums and Accrington Stanley football club.
For tickets available on Eventbrite #BristolLive4NHS