Chance to sign a protect the NHS petition

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CAMPAIGNERS will collect signatures from people asking all MPs standing in the general election to ensure they do what they can to protect the NHS.

The rally has been organised by campaign group 38 Degrees, which will be outside Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow from 11am, before moving to the fountain in Commercial Road.

The petition asks for parliamentary candidates to:

- Commit to protect the NHS from privatisation.

- Ensure the NHS has the funding it needs.

- Keep the NHS out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – trade negotiations between the EU and the USA which could lead to the privatisation of the NHS.

Sue Mullan, pictured, the co-ordinator of the 38 Degrees Portsmouth NHS Monitoring Group, said: ‘The NHS is one of our most valued institutions.

‘We rely on our NHS at some of the very worst times in our lives.

‘That’s why we’re out on the streets this Saturday to spread word about our campaign and to collect signatures on our local petition.

‘We want to show our MPs how much we value our NHS and to secure their commitment to fight to give it the support it needs.’

So far 500 signatures have been collected. On the day the Portsmouth branch will join more than 9,000 other members of 38 Degrees collecting signatures.

To find out more, visit 38degrees.org.uk/nhs