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NHS protest needs more help
CAMPAIGNERS fearing the privatisation of the NHS are urging Southampton residents to join forces and fight to save the health service.
The group is still collecting signatures for its petition, which already has more than 1,500 names, calling on local health leaders to keep services public.
They will be presenting this petition to a full council meeting on March 20.
It comes just weeks before GPs take control of Southampton’s health budget as part of the biggest shake up in the history of the NHS.
The changes will allow doctors in Clinical Commissioning Croups (CCGs) to offer more choice to patients, which will include opting for private services rather than NHS.
But campaigners fear this could mean vital health services run for profit rather than with patients’ best interests at heart.
Jane Freeland, one of the founding members of Southampton Defend NHS, said: “People of Southampton are worried about losing the universal, free health service – that’s why hundreds of us signed petitions and wrote to representatives of the Houses of Commons and Lords to make sure that these new rules were changed.
“We believe that the NHS in Southampton already has the biggest proportion of services subcontracted to the private sector and we urge anyone worried about this to join us.”