RESIDENTS of Nick Clegg’s Hallam constituency handed him a 375,000-name ‘Save Our NHS’ petition.
It was part of a national campaign by members of a group called 38 Degrees to halt what they see as health care privatisation.
One objector, who did not want to be named, said: “I work as a mental health nurse and support a lot of vulnerable people. This year, we’ve already had to cut back staff, meaning that we can spend less time with patients to help them reintegrate into society and into work.”
He said the NHS was still one of the best health care systems in the world. “If we move to an American system of privatisation, those companies will always put profits over patients.”
However, Mr Clegg told staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital that plans to reform the NHS would be “significantly and substantially” altered in the light of public concerns, and he pledged there would be no “privatisation by the back door”.
The Deputy Prime Minister added: “We are not going to turn the concept of competition into a guiding dogma. We will not allow cherry picking and we will not allow some to shoulder training costs when others don’t.”
l38 degrees is the tipping point for avalanches, and campaigners aim to create an avalanche of public opinion for change.