While the government officials continue to extol the virtues of the NHS, staff who run the service have taken to the streets to protest against the policies of the NHS. //
The Department of Health recounts tales of falling waiting lists and increased staff numbers but NHS staff including doctors, nurses, cleaners and other support staff has taken to the streets of Westminster to protest aginst disastrous policies.
Pensioners and health staff could be seen marching round Parliament Square waving placards saying "Save the NHS", while a double-decker bus circled the House of Commons drumming up support for the cause.
A packed Methodist Central Hall, a short distance away from this, saw a rally from union leaders and frontline staff about how Labour's policies were destroying the health service.
Words like "creeping privatisation" and "fragmentation" could be heard as campaigners rallied against deficits, PFI hospital build schemes and privately-run NHS treatment centers.
The NHS organized the day's protest and an alliance of 16 health unions which have come together to oppose the direction the NHS is heading in.
When questioned about the polarizing views of government and health staff, Dr Jacky Davis, a consultant radiologist and member of the British Medical Association, said: "The problem is that the policies are being driven by ideological dogma.
"There is no evidence that increasing the use of the private sector and scaling back on staff and hospitals will be beneficial.
"No-one outside Number 10 believes it will, and so far they have refused to properly consult with us, so it is not surprising the government have not got staff on board."
The campaigners recount several negative experiences of the government's policies.
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