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NHS Flash Mob

Posted: November 8, 2013 by lambethsaveourservices in NHS
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Guest post from Gay Lee from Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public

Last Saturday saw a singing flashmob action organised via Lambeth Keep our NHS Public, to highlight Richard Branson’s Virgin takeover of much of NHS healthcare.

It’s part of the nationwide ‘People’s Assembly Bonfire of Austerity’ actions, mostly taking place today. In central London people were blocking Westminster Bridge at 6pm tonight and burning their energy bills in protest.

30 – 40 people targeted the Virgin Media phone shop at Brixton with the aim of alerting members of the public to the creeping privatisation and destruction of our NHS by companies like Virgin who want help create a health system modeled on the US one – expensive, exploitative and inefficient.

This is going on under our noses but few of us realize it. Virgin doesn’t shout about it but it now runs 270 plus community and primary health services in England, including half of Surrey’s community health services.

So we wanted to alert people with specially adapted ‘Virgin’ songs and a Richard Branson guy collecting a ‘penny for the NHS’. We handed out 600 leaflets to interested passers-by.

The flashmob also achieved another goal – to stop people going into the Virgin shop. But we didn’t even have to ask them to boycott it – the fierce-looking staff on the door, presumably trying to keep us out, managed to stop everyone else getting in. So – own goal!

The story was covered in the Brixton Blog and Brixton Buzz

Last Saturday’s “Don’t Let Branson Destroy the NHS” flashmob,which Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public organised and Lambeth SOS supported, was reported in the Brixton Blog

NHS Being Eton

Richard Branson is taking over key parts of the newly privatised NHS. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public is having a flashmob outside the Virgin store in Brixton Town Centre (very close to the tube) to highlight this:

Flashmob – Don’t let Branson destroy the NHS
Saturday 2nd November – 2pm
Outside the Virgin Store in Brixton (just north of Brixton tube)

This will feature

  • Songs – We will adapt ‘Tory Toffs’ and ‘We’ll fight on’ with Virgin words
  • Lots of Virgin banners and leaflets – asking people not to go into the Virgin shop because of its ‘stealing’ of healthcare
  • Richard Branson Guy
  • Sparklers and balloons (hopefully)

Don’t let Branson destroy the NHS

Posted: October 26, 2013 by lambethsaveourservices in NHS
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NHS Being Eton
Richard Branson is taking over key parts of the newly privatised NHS. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public is having a protest outside the Virgin store in Brixton Town Centre (very close to the tube) to highlight this on Saturday 2nd November at a time to be announced:

This will feature

  • Songs – We will adapt ‘Tory Toffs’ and ‘We’ll fight on’ with Virgin words
  • Lots of Virgin banners and leaflets – asking people not to go into the Virgin shop because of its ‘stealing’ of healthcare
  • Richard Branson Guy
  • Sparklers and balloons (hopefully)

Watch this space for more details, and please contact us if you’d like to get involved