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Yesterday, 50,000 citizens marched through Manchester - home to this year's Tory Party Conference - against the Coalition's NHS reforms. It is thought to be city's biggest demonstration since 1819. Major criticisms have emerged against the lack of media coverage of the event, in particular the BBC. Below is a colllection of the top tweets from the day using the #NHS299 hashtag.

30 September 2013
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Nearly 5000 nurses have been removed from the nhs since the coalition came to power. This is the nhs safe in Tory hands, apparently. #nhs999

— Amy. (@thisisamy_) September 29, 2013

'Hands off our NHS' this pic of young girl giving clear message to Tories says it all #NHS299 @unisontweets @nhs299 http://t.co/4B614lPKAi

— UNISON Health (@UNISONOurNHS) September 30, 2013

Police estimate there’s over 50,000 marching against the Tories in Manchester. Organisers originally estimated 30,000 would turn up #NHS299

— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 29, 2013

#nhs299 is number 1 trend on Twitter. A fitting opening for Tory party conference. Because their austerity isn't working #PCS #StopTheCuts

— PCS Union (@pcs_union) September 29, 2013

Lol RT @LucieHyndley: Not so much angry about the NHS sell-off, as mildly miffed! Great placard #NHS299 pic.twitter.com/X0Ypv4xKqL

— sarah guerra (@equalitywarrior) September 29, 2013

NHS faces the gravest crisis in its history, warns TUC General Secretary #nhs999 http://t.co/rkRzwhIfwf

— Dave Watson (@UnisonDave) September 29, 2013

#NHS299 The privatisation axe in the NHS birthday cake ! NHS SOS @keepnhspublic pic.twitter.com/mAAmQG6weE

— Jenny (@JennyMaines) September 30, 2013

Confused by “for hard-working people” slogan at cpc13. All I see is tax cuts for millionaires, defence of bankers bonuses and attack on NHS.

— Matthew Prior (@mprior) September 29, 2013

People at my Manchester workplace really inspired by #NHS299 even the ones who didn't/couldn't go. Time for more action is general feeling.

— Resolute Reader (@resolutereader) September 30, 2013

Heading home from #nhs299 demo @ #cpc13. Biggest demo in Manchester since 1819. Fantastic atmosphere, biggest cheers for 'the nhs is ours'

— OurNHS (@OurNHS_oD) September 29, 2013

The #NHS299 march didn't happen - I should know, I was one of the 55,000 not there too... pic.twitter.com/7PNf1uW4rH

— Andrew Gwynne MP (@GwynneMP) September 29, 2013

Unfortunately security at #cpc13 won't allow us to film #nhs299 demo outside conference centre #magnacarta #gloriousrevolution

— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) September 29, 2013

Seriously @Guardian. Is that it? 50,000 protest - a teensy article taking up just a fifteenth of a page. #nhs299 pic.twitter.com/0ltX0XufG3

— Giselle Green (@GiselleG7) September 30, 2013

Shocking that the BBC were prevented from filming the #NHS299 march by Tory conference security. Can’t be let go without an explanation.

— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) September 29, 2013

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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