More than 60,000 health workers and citizens turned out in the streets of Madrid in the fifth mass protest against the privatisation of the capital’s health services since the start of the year.
Unions CCOO and UGT and the radical United Left party formed part of the ‘white tide’ rising against the plans of the right wing Popular Party regional government.
Marchers denounced what they saw a corrupt process in which politicians selling off public assets then appear on the boards of the new privatised companies.
Last week it was announced that over 900,000 Madrileños have rejected plans to privatise state hospitals. In a popular consultation 99% of those who voted (or 929,903) said No to proposals by the regional Popular Party government to hand over six hospitals and 27 health centres to privateers.
The ‘White Tide’, which organised the petition, plan to present it to the regional assembly of Madrid, the Spanish Parliament, where the Popular Party has a majority, and the European Parliament.
Nueva Tribuna 19.5.2013