CAMPAIGNERS staged an anti-privatisation protest outside an NHS walk-in centre in Sheffield after the firm which runs it charged patients for whiplash treatment.
Members of Sheffield’s Save our NHS waved banners and placards at the entrance to the centre, on the corner of Broad Lane and Rockingham Street, as part of a campaign against patients being asked to pay for their care.
One Medicare, the company which runs the facility, had been charging £25 for whiplash treatment, but last week announced it was dropping the fee.
NHS Sheffield said One Medicare had ‘voluntarily suspended the policy’ pending a meeting with health bosses.
Jon Ashe, from Sheffield Save our NHS, said the group was happy with the reception the protest received.
“We’re delighted that so many people came out and showed their support for the NHS and showed their opposition to the Government’s health policies - which will mean more cuts, more privatisation, and more patients being charged for treatment,” he said.
“We’re pleased the Sheffield NHS walk-in centre has now suspended its charging of patients for treatment for whiplash injuries from road traffic accidents.
“If enough people speak out about what’s happening to the NHS, we can make sure we continue to have a good health service.”
Patients who had suffered injuries in road accidents were being asked to pay.
The NHS said this was permitted under traffic laws.