NHS petition handed to candidates
CAMPAIGNERS against NHS privatisation handed a petition to parliamentary candidates for Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the weekend.
The document – containing 871 signatures – called on the election candidates to do everything possible to ‘Save Our NHS’ if voted into power on May 7.
It said this included opposing privatisation, ensuring sufficient funding and keeping the NHS out of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) to “protect it from US health corporations”.
The petition was handed to Liberal Democrat Mike Cox, the Green Party’s Graham Lee, independent candidate Jenny Thompson and Gary Harbord, of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, outside the Civic Centre, in High Street, Uxbridge, on April 25.
Organiser William Holyday, 40, from Hillingdon, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and insomnia, said: “In my mind what’s happening in the NHS is the single most important issue of this election and everyone voting should be voting with it in mind, and voting in a way that enables us to save the NHS.”
Nationally, more than 600,000 people have signed the petition on the campaigning website 38 Degrees.