NHS pe­ti­tion handed to can­di­dates

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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