Belfast Telegraph

Belfast protesters rail at health cuts as NHS hits 70

By Tim Smith

Health workers took to the streets of Belfast at the weekend to protest against cuts to the health service.

Protesters marched from the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Mater and Writers' Square to Belfast City Hall with signs and banners.

The event comes ahead of the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS on Thursday.

Among the crowd on Saturday were doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey said: "Free healthcare at the point of need is a great gift and a wonderful benefit which is still being delivered for the people of this city after 70 years.

"As a council, we are showing our support for this special anniversary by lighting up City Hall on July 5 to celebrate 70 years of the NHS."

At a similar event in London, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on supporters of the NHS to "go to the end of the Earth and beyond" to defend it.

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