I was one of the London crowd who, in the summer of 2014, did the final little leg of 999 Call For The NHS’s 300-mile Jarrow March from Holborn to Trafalgar Square. Its amazing range of people of all ages and origins was an inspiration, full of vitality and celebration.
Because the NHS is a cause to celebrate. You wouldn’t know from the media that it’s been rated the best and most efficient public health service in the world despite the depredations of successive governments. Nor how much the banks, through their financing of its privatisation, are bleeding it to restore their bankrupt balance sheets.
In her Trafalgar Square speech founder of 999 Call For The NHS Joanna Adams said “We bailed out the wrong people!”; and that the battle to save the NHS is also a battle to save "our Nation's soul". In her clearsighted vision she puts to shame the mealy-mouthings of so many politicians and their entourages.
999 are great upholders of the original vision of the NHS, born of the sacrifices of the War, of free and equal health care for all. It's a mirror to the best side of our nature, the social and compassionate rather than the predatory and self-serving.
The 999 Call For The NHS team are resolutely independent, an authentic grassroots campaign group unadulterated by party politics and determined to speak in their own voice and make it count. They should be heard as widely as possible.
By Producer/Director John Furse
999 faces many challenges and ups and downs. Commended by leading film director Ken Loach our film project ‘Groundswell’ shares their journey through the pivotal General Election in 2015 and the extraordinary upheavals that followed with the Labour Party leadership contests and Brexit.
‘Groundswell’ is a testament to the extraordinary things that ordinary people, inspired by the likes of Joanna and the team, can achieve.
‘Groundswell’ gives 999 valuable exposure on many fronts including regular film episodes on my blog.
It will provide them with valuable archive material of a critical time in their endeavours. And it tells a stirring story that may hopefully help encourage others to take up the now urgent fight to save our NHS.
Like 999 we very much need financial support to continue with the Groundswell project. Any donations, however small, would be enormously appreciated.
Find out more about Director John Furse and his work.
Read John's thoughts from his filming and media angle on the NHS campaign
We'd like to thank John Furse and his colleagues who have supported us in making MY NHS. They have put up with a lot!
If you’re interested in supporting the larger project that has inspired MY NHS - 'Groundswell' - you can give something via the details below
MY NHS was drawn from and inspired by the larger social history film project that we have been part of since 2015 - GROUNDSWELL.
Director and Producer John Furse approached us after the 2014 Peoples March rally in Trafalgar Square. At the time who could say what the next few years would bring. After the sadness and disappointment of the return of the Austerity-led Conservative government in 2015, now in 2017 there is a sign that grassroots "new politics" is finally having an effect. The rise of social justice groups, environmental groups, welfare rights groups is having a direct effect on public opinion. The spirit of campaigning is captured in the documentary as the camera follows the ordinary people taking on the establishment.
The project is almost two years old and we hope we have played a useful part in its development as it now begins to record the wider political field that is currently alive with energy.
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The ongoing documentary project is currently broken up into episodes. They feature the 999 Call for NSS team and the campaigners who work with them in friendship and trust.
You can follow them on the Groundswell YouTube Channel