Campaign sparks against NHS reforms

Campaign sparks against NHS reformsIn Hastings town centre on Saturday a petition was signed by about 1,000 people who were against the proposed NHS reforms.

At the campaign stand there were many to help and these were union members, local NHS staff, patients and labour activists. The total number of people who helped was 50.

There was a debate in the parliament this week about the healthcare system and the revised Health and Social Care Bill, and this sparked a lot of response from people as in many places across the country, a campaign We Love Our NHS, was organised by Labour activists and the trade unions.

Sarah Owen, NHS Campaign Coordinator for the GMB union, said, "There was a fantastic turn out to support the NHS. We spoke to over 1000 people on the day and many of them were rightly angry about any plans to privatize the NHS and cut local services."

In the afternoon before relocating to Rye, in the morning the volunteers at the stand spoke to members of the public in Hastings town centre.

Concern about the Bill was expressed by Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner Nick Perry along with the possible effects that the local services might be receiving.