CAMPAIGNERS fighting against plans which could see cancer care in Staffordshire become privatised are to hold a public meeting in Burton next month.
The controversial decision of four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the county to put their services out to tender has sparked fears it could lead to people being made to pay for end-of-life care.
Though the CCGs have insisted care will not be affected, opposition to the plans has been steadily gathering pace in Burton.
Now people are being invited to attend a meeting on August 19 which has been jointly organised by campaign group Cancer – Not for Profit and the East Staffordshire Trades Council.
Speakers at the event, to be held at the Burton Caribbean Association, in Uxbridge Street, from 7pm, will include South Derbyshire Labour candidate Cheryl Pidgeon and prominent NHS campaigner and consultant radiologist Jacky Davis.
A spokesman for Cancer – Not for Profit said: "Private companies are not accountable in the same way that public organisations are. The safeguarding systems, quality and care will be different. They will no longer be able to be scrutinised by the public."