NHS Protests In Wareham Today
8:19am 11th October 2014
Protestors who think private healthcare providers have too much influence over the NHS will be making their voices heard in Wareham today. (Saturday 11 October)
It's part of a national day of action against a trade deal between the EU and USA.
The deal is set to allow multinational businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits.
Critics say this would expose the government to lawsuits if it tried to take privatised health services back into public ownership.
Campaigners think the agreement will leave the NHS open to competition from American private healthcare companies.
They'll be outside the Town Hall in Wareham this morning.
More than 180,000 people have signed a 38 Degrees petition against the deal.
The day of action follows local protests - including in Devon, Cheltenham and Bournemouth - this August, when campaigners from the South West joined 10,000 people across the UK to collect signatures for the 38 Degrees petition against the deal.
David Babbs, executive director at 38 Degrees, says: "One of the most worrying things about this deal is that it's being agreed behind closed doors - so 38 Degrees members are taking to the streets to force it into the spotlight.
"People in the South West will be standing with thousands of people across the country to say that we love our NHS too much to let it be sold off to the highest bidder.
"It's time for MEPs to answer our concerns and explain exactly what they're going to do to stop this."