GREEN Party members gathered in their top Sheffield target seat to launch their council election campaign.
The event took place outside the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, attended by Rob Murphy, who is defending his seat in Central ward, and Bernard Little, bidding to wrest Broomhill from former Lib Dem council leader Paul Scriven, who is defending.
The focus was on ‘privatisation’ of the NHS and across public services and levels of high unemployment.
Sheffield Council’s Green group leader Coun Jillian Creasy, who held her Central ward seat last year despite a heavy Labour challenge, said: “I’m a doctor as well as a councillor. Greens have always argued for high-quality hospitals that are free to patients and part of a national health service.
“That’s why we have launched our campaign at the hospital and why we’ve campaigned from the start against NHS privatisation, unlike the Lib Dems who supported the Government’s recent NHS Bill. And unlike Labour, who started privatising NHS services 10 years ago and only really opposed the Bill when it was too late.”
She added: “We also oppose the Government’s £20 billion NHS spending cuts because they will lead to cancelled treatments and longer waiting lists – plus further job losses.
“The Hallamshire hospital is in Broomhill which has a high concentration of public sector workers. They must be very concerned about their job security.”