Challenge on NHS given to candidates

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People in the Calder Valley will be taking to the streets on Saturday, February 28, for a day of action over the NHS.

The day of action, co-ordinated by campaign group 38 Degrees, will be held at St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, and is open to all.

They will join more than 9,000 other members of 38 Degrees protesting on the same day across the UK.

So far 1,200 people in the area have already signed a petition to all of the candidates standing to be an MP in Calder Valley in May’s general election.

The petition asks each candidate to commit to protect the NHS from privatisation, make sure it has the funding it needs, and keep the NHS out of the TTIP trade deal with the US.

Rob Costello, a 38 Degrees member from Hebden Bridge, said: “We must protect our NHS for today, tomorrow and for future generations.

“We all need the NHS at our best and worst moments in life and we have to preserve its principles of that it meet the needs of everyone; that it be free at the point of delivery; and that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay.

“That’s why I’ll be going out this Saturday to spread the word about our campaign and collect signatures on our local petition.

“Hebden Bridge’s day of action will show our MP candidates that if they want to sell off or run down our NHS, they’ll have a fight on their hands.”

The local petition to save the NHS is at: www.38degrees.org.uk/nhs

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: “This day of action should send a clear message to politicians: you’re being watched by millions of us fighting to protect our NHS.

“People in the Calder Valley 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.”