The backlash against the government’s health policy reforms in England stepped up a gear with a series of campaigns held at hospitals and MPs’ offices around the country. On 1 April CSP members were called on to support the ‘All together for the NHS’ campaign, led by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and bringing together unions and campaigners from across the health sector including the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, Unison and Unite. CSP stewards joined the effort by participating in local events aimed at raising awareness of the opposition to the reforms. NHS staff and their union representatives lobbied local MPs through meetings and group discussions or held lunchtime protests outside local hospitals. The day of action followed the TUC’s hugely successful March for the Alternative on 26 March, which saw half a million people including hundreds of CSP members take to the streets of London in protest against the cuts to public services.
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