Over 300 people joined the Oxford march for the NHS today to demand action over the staffing crisis in Oxfordshire's NHS which has a vacancy rate twice the national average. The march was calling for Oxford weighting to help NHS staff meet the high cost of housing in the county. Unlike London and surrounding areas NHS staff in Oxford receive no extra support. The march and activites building it saw the demand for Oxford NHS staff to get cost of living a payment similar to the £6,500 paid in London covered by the local press and TV.
The march also called for an end to privatisation and government cuts and for increased taxation on the wealthiest to fund the NHS. £236.57 was collected for the UNISON members in Wigan who are on strike today against privatisation of ancillary services. A call was issued for everyone on the march to build the turnout for the national 'Free, for all, forever' celebration and demonstration for the NHS in its 70th year on June 30th. Free seats can be booked on the Oxford transport online at ouh.org.uk/bookings/June30.html or call 07503169657