Campaigners to stage protest in Lincoln to ‘save the NHS’

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A local campaign group are taking to Lincoln High Street at the weekend, calling on MP candidates to protect the NHS from privatisation and funding freezes.

The protest, at 11am on Saturday, April 25, has been coordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees and is the second Lincoln demonstration in the months before the general election.

The national group is hoping to gain as many signatures as possible in order to convince MP hopefuls to commit to extra NHS funding and protection from TTIP trade deals.

So far, the Lincoln petition has gained over 1,200 signatures.

Allegra, a 38 Degrees member from Lincoln said: “Our NHS has always been there for me and my family when we’ve needed it. But some politicians seem determined to break it up and sell parts off to the highest bidder.

“The thought of my family being cared for by profit-making companies really scares me. That’s why I’m going out in Lincoln this Saturday with lots of others to spread the word that the way we vote on May 7 could determine whether our NHS is still there for our children and grandchildren.”

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: “This Saturday, people in Lincoln will be talking to hundreds of voters about how their vote could protect the NHS this election.

“We want Lincoln MP candidates to see that the best way to win votes is to pledge to save the NHS from privatisation and funding freezes. Every candidate needs to realise that cutting NHS funding, or handing it over to private companies, is a huge turn off for voters.

“Saturday’s day of action is all about the people of Lincoln taking back the power, and putting their MP candidates to the test on the NHS.”