9 June 2021
Matt Hancock is planning NHS legislation in England that will allow for more American-style privatisation, and will let private companies make decisions about our health care. Last week, Virgin were given a seat on the new NHS decision-making body in Bath and Somerset!
This new system in England will be a tug of war between you and private companies, with your healthcare at stake - so we want you to organise a 'tug of war' stunt locally, with Richard Branson, the privatisers, and Matt Hancock on one side, and you and a few friends on the other!
We need you to organise action locally across England on Saturday July 17th, to help get this the attention it deserves and put a stop to the plans! We'll have other actions for people outside of England and who can't make it physically!
Let's call on Matt Hancock to scrap these plans and reinstate a fully publicly-run NHS.
How to organise a tug of war stunt for July 17th's Day of Action,
1. Ask 5 people you know to get involved with your local action. You might not be able to think of 5 people right now, but you've got plenty of time to reach out to friends and family! You can keep it simple: invite them to meet together outside your local town hall on July 17th for the tug of war stunt. We'll provide placards (link for printable placards coming soon!) and leaflets (link for leaflets also coming soon!). We think the tug of war is a striking visual to reflect how our NHS is being pulled away from us by private profiteers. Please see our tips for this visual below.*
2. Let us know you're organising local action by reaching out to us at email@example.com. We'll help you get in the local press and add a list to this page of all the actions taking place. Don't worry if you don't live in England or can't make it out - we'll have actions you can take - make sure to get the date in your diary!
3. On the day of action, take plenty of pictures! We hope the pictures will look like the one below - selfies aren't the best for journalists. Make sure to send your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and post them on Facebook, Twitter (draft tweet to come) and Instagram. Tag your local MP too to demand they take action to stop the private takeover bill.
*Tips for a great tug of war visual stunt:
- Get a small group together so that you enough people to form two sides of the tug of war. On one side, you - and some friends - can wear masks to pretend to be Matt Hancock (you could maybe wear a suit) and Richard Branson (a relaxed white shirt and jeans could work well!) to represent private companies and the government pulling our NHS away from us. On the other side, you can have your friends pull the rope away from the profiteers to give us back our NHS! Please use the links above to get a hold of the masks and rope or we can help deliver them to you!
If you're unsure about how to organise locally or would just like to find out more , please join our Day of Action training sessions on Monday 14th June at 6-6.30pm, Monday 21st June at 12-12.30pm and Tuesday 22nd June at 5.30-6pm.
Thank you so much. Together, we'll get an NHS in public hands!
This new system will be a tug of war between you and private companies, with your healthcare at stake. Get involved and take action locally on Saturday, 17th July to stop this in its tracks!