Have your say on NHS reforms at Portsmouth meeting

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Have your say

PEOPLE who are concerned about planned changes to the NHS are invited to a public meeting.

The Save our NHS Portsmouth meeting will be a discussion of the government’s planned NHS reforms and ways to defend health services in the city from cuts and privatisation.

Local and national speakers will talk during the meeting and give details of the proposals for the NHS – such as GPs taking over the health care budget and there being more competition in the health service from the private sector.

Organisers of the meeting will also be looking to start an independent campaign group for the area to represent NHS users, staff and concerned residents in the city.

Health workers’ union Unison has helped set up the meeting.

James Smith, the Unison area organiser, says local MPs have done little to fight the reform proposals, despite recent lobbying, and it is now time for residents to take the fight forward themselves.

He said: ‘This is an opportunity for local residents to protect their local NHS services.

‘Local MPs have ignored their concerns long enough so it is time to stand up and defend the NHS from privatisation and cuts. If our local MPs are content with letting our NHS be destroyed, we want to be able to explain to future generations what we did to defend it.’

The meeting will take place on Thursday in the Menuhin Theatre in Portsmouth Central Library from 7.30pm.