Group collects 650 signatures for ‘Save Our NHS’ campaign

38 Degrees Eastbourne SUS-150303-130032001
38 Degrees Eastbourne SUS-150303-130032001

More than 650 people signed a petition to protect the NHS from privatisation at a campaign on Saturday.

The 38 Degrees Eastbourne group hosted the protest on February 28 outside Banker’s Corner on Terminus Road.

Despite atrocious weather conditions, they managed to gather hundreds of signatures supporting their cause in the space of just three hours.

A spokesperson for the group said, “The campaign was pretty successful given the weather, and about 15 of us turned out to talk to the public. We were finding that when they heard the words ‘protect the NHS’ many people we stopped were willing to sign the petition.”

The group are campaigning against further privatisation of NHS services, as well as seeking reversal of the changes brought about by the Health and Social Care Act of 2012.

It was this legislation that disbanded Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, instead introducing clinical commissioning groups.

Since 2012, many changes have been made to the NHS and, as a result, the town’s local hospital, with departments closing and services relocation to other hospitals or shifting to the private sector. The group meets at Chin Chin, on Grove Road to discuss issues and exchange views. For more information, visit www.38degrees.org.uk. The Save Our NHS campaign took place in towns and cities across the country.