Author and campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, who famously spoke about the roots of the NHS and the importance of defending it at Labour Party conference 2014 (see the video here), is backing the resolution to this year’s conference being circulated by Labour NHS activists. Harry says:“I was born almost a hundred years ago, so I remember Britain before the NHS. It was a time when working families like mine couldn’t afford a doctor or medicine because they were luxuries. My sister died of tuberculosis in a workhouse infirmary. During my childhood in the 1920s and 30s tens of thousands of children didn’t reach adulthood because their families could not afford either a doctor or the medicine needed to keep them healthy and alive.
“It is time we all remember that if the NHS is not protected from privatisation we will return to the barbarous era when healthcare was a privilege, not a right. That is why I endorse this resolution to Labour Party conference and call for you to submit it from your CLP.”
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