Protesters march in London over NHS reforms

Protest Protesters claim the NHS is 'under attack'

Related Stories

Demonstrators have marched from the South Bank to Whitehall in protest at changes to the NHS in London.

Medical staff and union members set off at 14:00 BST before delivering letters of protest to 10 Downing Street.

The campaigners are angry about A&E closures, front-line staff cuts and what they see as increased involvement of private medicine in the NHS.

The Department for Health said changes were based on "sound clinical advice" and would show a "clear benefit".

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack, a long-term Labour supporter, was involved in the march. He said: "The NHS has saved and improved countless lives since its inception in 1948.

"Now we find it is under attack as though it was the cause of all our ills when in truth it is a national treasure."

Start Quote

Being stuck in an ambulance in a traffic jam will play havoc with survival and recovery rates”

End Quote Professor Simon Shorvon Neurologist
Motorcycle escort

Professor Simon Shorvon, a neurologist, attacked a decision to close four west London A&E departments.

He said: "It will leave a huge swathe of residents far from a local casualty.

"Time matters in an emergency situation and being stuck in an ambulance after a coronary or stroke or life-threatening accident will play havoc with survival and recovery rates."

Jos Bell, one of the organisers, said: "It was very memorable marching across Waterloo Bridge with a motorcycle escort.

"We hung a big 'Save the NHS' banner over the bridge.

"Hopefully we have got the message out that we are seriously concerned about the future of the NHS."

Sue Tarr, of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "London's nurses are here today because they're worried that changes are being made to the NHS to save money, rather than to improve services for patients."

'Quite a number'

A Department for Health spokeswoman said: "We have always been clear that any plans to make changes to hospital services should be based on sound clinical advice and must show a clear benefit to patients in that area.

"Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area."

Organisers had hoped 5,000 people would take part in the march.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they do not give estimates of demonstration sizes, but added that there were "quite a number" of protesters.

He added: "Police have been in attendance. There has not been any trouble."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London

Weather

London

20 °C 11 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Paddington delays 12:08:

    London Paddington tweets: Apologies for the continued delays and cancellations to services to/from Paddington due to the earlier freight train failure nr #Reading.

     
  2.  
    On air right now 11:59: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The top local story on BBC London 94.9: A new offence of "domestic abuse" could be created under plans being considered by the government.

     
  3.  
    Beyonce in the park 11:49:

    Madame Tussauds has unveiled a new wax figure of the singer Beyonce Knowles in Regent's Park.

    Person takes a picture of new Beyonce waxwork
     
  4.  
    Hospital trust criticised 11:40:

    Health watchdog Care Quality Commission (CQC) has criticised staff shortages and highlighted poor quality critical care at hospitals run by a North West London Hospitals Trust.

    Northwick Park and St Mark's hospitals were graded "requires improvement" while the trust's third hospital, Central Middlesex, was rated "good".

     
  5.  
    Ticket sales consultation 11:31:

    An independent body representing passengers has launched a consultation into how commuters buy tickets.

    The London Travel Watch questionnaire will form the group's response to London Underground's plans to change the way in which tickets are sold at stations.

     
  6.  
    Bromley crime prevention 11:21:

    Bromley MPS tweets: Crime prevention stand at Hoblingwell Wood Lessons Way Orpington. 2pm - 5pm @BromleyYouth #bromleysafertransport

     
  7.  
    Marchioness disaster 25 years on 11:09: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Simon Senior, 20, lived the epitome of cool '80s lifestyle: he modelled for ID magazine, lived with his girlfriend on west London's King's Road and played bass guitar in a band.

    Simon Senior

    He was onboard the Marchioness 25 years ago. 'Fate was against him,' his mother told me. Here's his story.

     
  8.  
    On air 10:58: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The top local story on BBC London 94.9: The Prime Minister is cutting short his holiday and returning to Downing Street where he will discuss an online video purporting to the beheading of an American journalist by a jihadist.

     
  9.  
    Secret Cinema new dates 10:50:

    Two new dates have been added for Secret Cinema presents Back to Future after the shows sold out.

    Tickets for the event on 25 and 27 August go on sale at 13:00.

     
  10.  
    Marchioness disaster remembered 10:43:

    RNLI tweets: The Marchioness disaster is one of the reasons we now offer our search & rescue service on the Thames.

    Rescue boats
     
  11.  
    Pet thefts soar 10:32:

    The Barking and Dagenham Post reports the number of animals reported stolen from Barking and Dagenham more than doubled in the first three months of this year, new figures show,

     
  12.  
    Feedback 10:22:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
  13.  
    Who started Notting Hill? 10:10:

    Who started the Notting Hill Carnival? Wyn Baptiste investigates the origins of Europe's biggest street party, meeting the key players and pioneers. Watch his exclusive video on the BBC iPlayer.

    iPlayer page for Notting Hill: 1. Who started it
     
  14.  
    10:00: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The top stories in the capital on BBC London 94.9:

    • The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has launched a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence by creating a specific new offence of 'domestic abuse'.
    • Two men have been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old who was shot dead in south-east London more than four years ago.
     
  15.  
    Bank holiday travel 09:54:

    Chiltern Railways tweets: Travelling this bank holiday? Engineering wk is taking place on the Aylesbury via Amersham line. No trains between G Missenden & Marylebone

     
  16.  
    M25 delays 09:45:

    On the M25 anticlockwise, one lane is blocked and there is heavy traffic between J11, A317 at Chertsey and J10, A3 at Wisley Interchange, because of an accident.

    For up to date travel news visit BBC London travel News or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

     
  17.  
    Watchdog calls for religion evidence 09:40:

    A human rights watchdog has called for evidence about religion in the workplace after a Christian registrar was disciplined by Islington Council for refusing to conduct gay civil partnerships, reports the Islington Gazette.

     
  18.  
    Marchioness disaster 25 years on 09:31: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    "The lights went out and we knew water had got into the hull," said Iain Philpott, who was a 26-year-old fashion photographer, from Highbury, north London. "There were lots of screams and next thing, we were all in the water."

    Marchioness

    On 20 August 1989, 131 people were on board the Marchioness when it was hit by the dredger Bowbelle, killing 51 people. A memorial service will be held at Southwark Cathedral later to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

     
  19.  
    Welwyn North delays 09:20:

    National Rail tweets: UPDATE: Residual delays of up to 15 minutes between Stevenage and London Kings Cross following signalling problems near #WelwynNorth

     
  20.  
    Marchioness disaster 25 years on 09:15: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    On August 20, 1989, the Marchioness pleasure boat collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank in the River Thames, killing 51 people.

    Marchioness The Marchioness collided with the dredger Bowbelle

    Twenty-five years on, survivors and the victims' families recall what happened and the legacy that remains.

     
  21.  
    Vanessa Feltz 09:06: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    On BBC London 94.9, Vanessa Feltz discusses Theresa May's plans to create a new domestic abuse crime.

     
  22.  
    On air 09:00: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The top story in the capital on BBC London 94.9: The Home Secretary, Theresa May, launches a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence by creating a specific new offence of 'domestic abuse'.

     
  23.  
    Carnival travel guide 08:54:

    Planning on going to the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend? Here are some road closures you need to be aware of:

    • Sunday from 07:00 until around 23:59
    • Monday from 07:00 until around 03:00 on the morning of Tuesday 26 August

    Road closures will be from:

    • Harrow Hill in the north
    • Notting Hill Gate in the south
    • Clarendon Road in the west
    • Queensway in the east

    For full details visit the Transport for London website.

     
  24.  
    Ask the Met boss 08:44:

    Metropolitan Police tweets: Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be taking your q's from 11:30 today in his Twitter Q&A. What do you want to ask him? #askMetBoss

     
  25.  
    Top headlines
     
  26.  
    New temple opens 08:34:

    A £20m Hindu temple has opened in north west London, funded entirely by the local community.

    The exterior of the Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal Temple in Kingsbury The Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal Temple in Kingsbury opened on 19 August

    The ornate Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury combines traditional Indian architecture and carvings with "green" technology.

     
  27.  
    Queuing traffic 08:25:

    On the M25, one lane is blocked clockwise after J5 Sevenoaks and there are queues from J4 Orpington. In the City, roadworks continue on Lower Thames Street leading to delays westbound along The Highway.

    And a broken down vehicle on the A312 southbound at A4 Jolly Waggoners has led to queues all the way from the Uxbridge Road.

     
  28.  
    Train delays 08:14:

    There is some disruption on the Southeastern service due to a line-side fire at Margate.

    And there are delays of about 15 minutes on East Coast and First Capital Connect trains between King's Cross and Stevenage because of signalling problems.

    Get the latest travel information on BBC London travel News or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

     
  29.  
    Sunny spells 08:07:

    It will be a mainly dry start, with some good sunny spells during the morning.

    However, some cloud will develop during the afternoon. It will feel rather cool. Highs of 18C (64F).

     
  30.  
    08:00: Elaine Okyere BBC London News

    Good morning, I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from London today for BBC Local Live.

    You can also send your news, pictures and comments to locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

Features

Elsewhere on BBC News

  • Pulling a pint in MauritiusThe beer hunter

    One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius

Programmes

  • Traffic lightsClick Watch

    From hacking cars to traffic lights - behind the scenes at a cyber-security conference

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.