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Sorry we missed you, Mr Lansley. . .


. . . still, there's always next time!*

Dear 
Tom

Save Our NHS demonstrators turned out in force in pouring rain in Birmingham to let Health Secretary Andrew Lansley know what they think of his treatment of our health service - but he slipped past us.

Mr Lansley has had to evade protests right across England against his hugely unpopular Health and Social Care Act that gifts the NHS to powerful private healthcare corporations, and for refusing to publish the Risk Register that spells out the dangers this poses.

The beleagured Minister was in Birmingham to address the annual conference of NICE, the quality standards body for social care, where he was heckled. In the end though, it was the protest by scores of people outside the International Conference Centre that hit local headlines.

To be fair, elusive Mr Lansley was still reeling from the previous day's mauling at the hands of nurses at the RCN conference in Harrogate. And, anyway, we've promised him that we'll make a date in our diaries for NEXT time he's in the West Midlands.

So - thanks to everyone who braved the wind, rain and hail to keep the pressure on. It was peaceful, good-humoured and highly effective in getting the message across to hundreds of ICC visitors. And if you couldn't make it, please try to come along next time. We'll keep you posted.

The Save Our NHS West Midlands campaign team


* If you're still Health Secretary, that is.
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