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Thousands of healthcare staff will march to say “I love the NHS”

16 October 2007

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Thousands of NHS supporters and staff from trusts all across the UK will be coming to London at the beginning of next month for a celebration of the NHS.

The “I love the NHS” event is being organised by the 15 unions and organisations involved in the NHS Together campaign.

On Saturday 3 November, NHS employees will gather on the Embankment from 11am, and set off at noon for a march to Trafalgar Square.

The 3 November event is being billed as a celebration of the core values of the health service and founding principles of the NHS as the NHS heads towards its 60th year next year.

The TUC says that “the founding principles [of the NHS] remain as important today as they were in 1948. To keep true to its name, the message to the government is to keep competition, markets and profits out of the NHS.”

En route to the Square, the NHS staff, supporters and their families will be accompanied by bands and colourful street performers. Once at the rally, they will hear from a variety of speakers and entertainers.

NHS Together is also currently compiling filmed clips of celebrity supporters, NHS staff, patients and their families highlighting the good work of the NHS and its staff to be shown in the Square on the day.

NHS Together