Westfield, Shepherds Bush, London. Sat 18 Apr 2015
George Barda with a garland of dollar bills
Protesters walk in to the Westfield Centre to protest outside Virgin over the danger that TTIP poses to our NHS.
Campaigners have urged that the NHS should be excluded from TTIP, but governments and business insist
it should not be. Many UK government members have significant financial interests in private healthcare companies
and can expect rich profits if TTIP is agreed as it will force the NHS to contract out its services to them.
Police and security watched the protesters but did not attempt to stop them
Already some contracts for NHS services have been given to private companies despite NHS in-house bids
which offered a better quality service at lower cost - but didn't make profits for shareholders
Inside the covered shopping mall they made their way to the Virgin shop
Virgin Healthcare already run many services that are a part of the NHS
replacing the easily run parts of our National Health service, and taking money out of the system
Gay Lee introduces the protest and the short piece of street theatre in the Westfield centre
One of the characters wears a 'Richard Branson' mask
and another a large legal wig
George Barda offers his garland of dollars to 'Richard Branson'.
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