CAMPAIGNERS will gather to promote opposition to the privatisation of cancer services in Staffordshire.
Members of the Trades Union Council of East Staffordshire will be joined by Jon Wheale, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for the area, as they man a stand outside Coopers Square shopping centre in Burton.
They will be urging people to sign a petition against a move by four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire to put their cancer services out to tender. East Staffordshire CCG had been part of the tender, but pulled out to pursue its own contracts.
The group fears that privatisation could lead to charging for services.
Mr Wheale said: "There are very serious concerns that these changes represent a massive threat to the full range of NHS services, including those at Burton's Queen's Hospital, by putting profits before patient care.
"The incremental dismantling of the NHS is not something I want to see – health care free at the point of delivery should be available irrespective of where you live."
Thousands of union members have already signed the petition, he added.