Campaigners take to Sheffield streets in fight to save NHS

38 Degrees held a day of action for the NHS,in Sheffield, collecting signatures for a Save Our NHS petition. Picture: Chris Etchells.
38 Degrees held a day of action for the NHS,in Sheffield, collecting signatures for a Save Our NHS petition. Picture: Chris Etchells.
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More than 100 campaigners took to the streets of South Yorkshire over the future of the NHS.

Volunteers were out in Sheffield city centre and on Ecclesall Road on Saturday, with similar events taking place in Rotherham and Chesterfield.

It was part of a national protest, organised by campaign group 38 Degrees, involving about 9,000 people across the country.

Campaigners were asking members of the public to sign a petition which is calling on general election candidates to pledge to oppose the privatisation of NHS services.

Becci Simpson, one of the volunteers, said there had been a ‘generally positive’ reaction from members of the public in Sheffield city centre.

She said: “We are just raising awareness and we have been talking about the cause, which is to save the NHS.

“The campaign is against privatisation and cuts and to protect the NHS from US health companies.”

Mike Simpkin, from the Sheffield Save Our NHS campaign, said: “The NHS is at a turning point.

“There aren’t any easy answers but there are plenty of wrong ones – and we have seen them being actioned over the last five years.”