Campaigners delighted with town’s response

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to stop plans to privatise the NHS say they got a good response from residents in Whitley Bay.

Members of Keep Out NHS Public-North East recently held a campaign stall outside Park View Shopping Centre in the town.

They provided a range of information on the state of the NHS and asked people to sign a petition opposing government plans to abolish the NHS as people know it.

A group spokesperson said: “Most of the people we spoke with wanted to sign the petition and their chief concern was about the continuing availability of free health care and keeping the NHS as a publicly owned health service.

“Many of the people we met were also employees of the NHS and expressed their opposition to the government’s stated intention of abolishing the NHS within five years and turning it into a commercial market for private companies, as it is in America and where full health care is available only to those with the ability to pay.”