25th Oct, 2016

Signs are a move against NHS policy

Evesham Editorial 12th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS in 18 Pershore streets raised ‘Cameron & Hunt’ estate agency boards to protest against the Government’s policy on the NHS.

Concerned homeowners displayed the boards on a day of action last Tuesday (March 3) to show their opposition to the coalition government’s Health and Social Care Act.

The nationwide movement has seen more than 52,000 people in towns, cities and rural areas across the UK take part in the action to ‘stop the irreversible sell-off of the NHS’.

All of the parliamentary candidates in West Worcestershire West been contacted to support the campaign to repeal the controversial act.

Labour candidate Daniel Walton and the Green Party’s Julian Roskams have pledged their support and joined local residents to air their views.

Pershore resident Raymond Amphlett said: “David Cameron never told us on the campaign trail in 2010 that his party was going to embark on the mass privatisation of the NHS and he certainly does not have a mandate to allow the sell-off of the NHS to become permanent.”

Meanwhile Michael Bunch said: “My care from the NHS has always been good, but I’m worried about privatisation because look at the mess that it’s made of our railways!

“We don’t want to have the same disaster happen to our health service.” he added.

Mr Walton said: “This government, and supported by our MP Harriet Baldwin, appear determined to sell off our NHS to the highest bidder.

“We need to stop the sale of our health care in the UK. “

And Mr Roskams said the Green Party would introduce a new NHS Bill that would rebuild and reinvest in the NHS.

“We believe that the public’s health should never be up for auction.” he said.

“That’s why we Greens are completely opposed to the policies of the other parties of allowing more market forces and competition into the NHS.

Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin said: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal will add £10billion to the

national economy which is the equivalent of £400 per household.

“The NHS is an organisation that touches us throughout our lives at crucial points. I’m utterly committed to the NHS – a world class health service free at the point of use.

“TTIP will not change the fact that the UK Government decides how to run public services, including the NHS, but it will help to create more jobs, more choice and reduced prices.” she added.

Furlong Road in Pershore was one of 18 roads in the town which took part in a day of action. (s)