Nottingham staged a Save our NHS rally on September 14 to highlight the danger that Brexit poses to our health service.
The rally, organised by the Nottingham People’s Vote campaign and the European Movement, featured doctors, nurses and other health care professionals as well as politicians from across the political spectrum.
They all came together at Speaker’s Corner by the Brian Clough statue to appeal to the public to protect the NHS and help preserve it for the next generation.
These are the main speeches from the day.
Compere Narinder Sharma introduces Joan Pons Laplana, Nurse of the Year in 2018, and perhaps just as well known as the Roaring Nurse.
People’s Vote campaigner Shaun Thornton, of the Nottingham European Movement, introduces an historical perspective on the NHS from Harry Leslie Smith, a fervent anti-Brexit campaigner.
Mike Edwards, Labour councillor for the Meadows area of Nottingham.
Nottingham People’s Vote campaigner, Dominic Byrne, who wasn’t involved in political campaigning until Brexit came along.
Sheila Marriott, Regional Director of the Royal College of Nurses, Board Member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and member of the East Midlands Clinical Senate.
Sarah Meredith from Nottingham has children with special needs, who rely heavily on the NHS and doesn’t want to see it threatened by Brexit.
People’s Vote campaigner Chris Tregenza, who also has a light-hearted “Cake Not Coup” mini-campaign, explains what the NHS means to him and how it helped his mother who suffered from dementia.
Joan Pons Laplana again with his main speech outlining the dire threat posed to our National Health Service by Brexit. He reveals the effect it’s having on the wellbeing of healthcare professionals, especially those who are EU citizens, and of the psychological harm of trying to limit the damage being done by austerity policies, all worsened by Brexit.
Rory Palmer, Labour MEP for the East Midlands region and former Deputy Mayor of Leicester, speaks about the threat Brexit poses to our NHS and to medical research, and why he campaigns to keep Britain inside the European Union.
Barry Holliday, prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats, a history teacher, shares his experiences, personal motivations and concerns as he campaigns against Brexit.
Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, speaks of the importance of opposing Brexit for the sake of our NHS; the importance of immigration and Freedom of Movement; how EU workers contribute to keeping our NHS on its feet; the crisis Britain is facing and the need for a People’s Vote to resolve it.
Jay Mandal, a GP working in the NHS, shares his expert knowledge on the harm Brexit is doing and how the Brexit we’re getting differs from the promises made.
Marko Dimač from Slovenia works in the public sector. He speaks of the harm Brexit is doing to staff in the NHS.
Joan Laplana sums up the main points of the rally with a final plea for people to come together to Save our NHS from Brexit.
The former Secretary to the US Treasury Lawrence H Summers has warned that Britain will be desperate if it goes ahead with a No Deal Brexit and will lose a lot of its negotiating power with other countries.