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West Midlands against Government decision to sell NHS to USA

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

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MORE than a third of people across the West Midlands do not trust the Government to protect the NHS according to a recent survey.

The shock statistics, collected by YouGov, show that 42 per cent of people are against the recent decision to sell parts of the health care service to the US.

The figures come as hundred of people across the midlands take to the streets to campaign against the deal which 'could leave the NHS at risk of being permanently privatised'.

Heading the campaign, Blanche Jones said: "Our NHS is being used as a bargaining chip in a deal done behind closed doors.

"Most of us only need to take one look at American healthcare to know that it isn't what we want in this country.

"This will be a bad deal for ordinary people in the West Midlands."

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  • mattlong  |  September 01 2014, 9:03AM

    Whatever your party political leanings this is deeply concerning news indeed. Any protest to save our NHS and keep it under state control and public sector provision must galvanise support on the political right as well as the political left. The increasing privatisation of the NHS needs to be opposed by all. Whilst I would disagree with them, I have no problem with someone telling me that privatisation can lead to increased economy and efficiency but there are certain things Britain should be proud of, including the NHS which simply shouldn't be sold off or privatised on moral grounds. All credit to Paul and William Walker who I take my hat off to for their work on this issue and for getting off their backsides to politcicize people not to change the way they vote but to change the way they think about the issue. We met one idiot in Burton town centre on Saturday who said "Why are you protesting about something which hasn't happened yet?" - when we reminded her the whole point of protesting about something is to be proactive and stop something happening before it occurs she walked off. Most people we spoke to wanted to listen, expressed their concerns and were of all different party political viewpoints. If people think this issue is something which is simply being stirred up by the political left to make political capital then think again because I saw and heard how concerned Burtonians were on the streets last Saturday. When the masses become aware that the privatisation of cancer care will indeed impact on Burton and begin to express concnerns, the questions should then be to Andrew Griffiths and Heather Whealer (a) when did you know about this and (b) why have you chosen to maintain a public silence on this? It won't be another 'Margaret Stanhope' because there's not a building as the focal point to 'save' but make no mistake this issue will snowball because people are telling us they have read about it and are worried.

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  • pwalker150  |  August 31 2014, 10:52PM

    This is happening right in front of our eyes it's time to wake up and fight back

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