Campaigners meet in Cheltenham for latest round of NHS protests
CAMPAIGNERS against privatisation of the NHS met in Cheltenham on Saturday to discuss concerns over sweeping changes to UK healthcare.
The workshop at the Millsom Street health centre was an opportunity for people to listen to the concerns of campaign group 38 Degrees.
It follows the handing in of a petition with 7,000 Gloucestershire signatures to the county's Clinical Commissioning Group in December.
David Perry, from 38 Degrees, was impressed with the turnout.
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"People have real concerns about the UK following the US system of healthcare, where 40 million people have to pay for their own medical treatment or rely on charity health clinics," he said.
"This will have a real impact on patient care."
Representatives of Stroud Against the Cuts, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham and Gloucester anti-cuts groups as well as the Unite and Unison trade unions joined in the debate.
Michael Moore film Sicko was shown to give an insight into the healthcare system on which 38 Degrees claim the new UK system is being modelled.
The Clinical Commissioning Group will be taking on healthcare services in Gloucestershire from the Primary Care Trust in April.