CAMPAIGNERS fighting against controversial changes to the health service came together on the 63rd birthday of the NHS to protest, ahead of a city board meeting.
Members of the Sheffield Save Our NHS campaign shared birthday cake and held banners outside the headquarters of NHS Sheffield before attending the monthly meeting of the primary care trust board.
They are fighting against reforms to the NHS put forward by the Coalition Government, highlighting particularly what they see as the ineffectiveness of a recent ‘listening exercise’ organised to gain further feedback on the changes.
Campaign member Andy Turner said: “It is clear that the Department of Health is planning for the Health Bill to go through largely unchanged. It has clearly been a cynical exercise to take the heat out of the situation.
“We are gravely worried that the proposed changes will favour private healthcare providers accountable to shareholders and not patients, promote competition and not co-operation, and lead to drastic reductions in quality of patient care.”