NHS Protests In Chickerell Today
7:18am 12th November 2014
(Updated 11:09pm 12th November 2014)
Protestors demonstrating their support for the NHS are expected to gather in Chickerell this morning.
They'll be raising estate agency boards with the message 'Stop the Sale' and calling for the NHS to be exempted from a trade deal between the EU and US.
They say despite their success in preventing pathology services being privatised at the Dorset county Hospital, the Hospital Foundation Trust is refusing to rule out the privatization of radiology and pharmacy services.
Last Friday campaigners fighting the sale of health services handed 1000 pledges signed by local residents to West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin's office.
These pledges oppose the sale of health services in Dorset and oppose the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which promotes NHS privatization.
Local campaigner, Seán Gray said: "Hundreds of households across Dorset are delivering a clear message by raising our 'Stop the Sale' signs' in protest over the sell-off of their health services and David Camerons' refusal to remove the NHS from the dangerous trade deal called TTIP.
"Not only is the government selling off the NHS they are putting it at risk of irreversible privatisation because of TTIP. We expect our local MP to call on Cameron to ensure he uses his veto in Europe to protect the NHS.
A spokesperson for Dorset County Hospital said: “We would like to reassure people that we have no plans to privatise either of these services.”