The producers of Under the Knife, a new documentary on NHS privatisation, have launched a crowdfunding appeal to help launch the film with a wave of screenings around the country this October. Casting an eye over the history of the NHS, the efforts towards privatisation of successive recent governments, and the grass-roots campaigners who are fighting back, the film is a powerful and penetrating 90-minute experience.
Tony O'Sullivan, Co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public, says:
"This is the best film around on the NHS. UNDER THE KNIFE shows the vital importance of the NHS to society and exposes the dark threats facing it. But most important of all, the film gives hope to those who are campaigning to keep the NHS safe for our children. You just have to see it."
The film's producers and their health campaigner allies have an ambitious plan to hold around 20 premiere screenings around the country in the week commencing 14 October this year, often in partnership with local groups of Keep Our NHS Public. The plan is to make all of these screenings free to attend for NHS workers and campaigners, trade unionists and pensioners, and to win a huge and diverse audience among the general public. The intention isn't just to screen a film, but to build up the movement in defence of our NHS.
But they can't do it without financial help. The filmmakers are currently halfway to their goal of £20,000, with a deadline of 25 August.
Keep Our NHS Public supports this project, and we urge our supporters to donate to help these screenings take place. It couldn't come at a more important time, with the NHS threatened by a third successive right-wing Tory government and a potential sell-off "trade deal" with the Trump Administration.