Thousands come together to stand up for the NHS

In just a few days, more than 2,000 38 Degrees members have come together to share their stories of what they value about the NHS. They're concerned about the Coalition's plans for the health service, including privitisation of services and layoffs of huge numbers of NHS staff.

In just a few days, more than 2,000 38 Degrees members have come together to share their stories of what they value about the NHS. They’re concerned about the Coalition’s plans for the health service, including privitisation of services and layoffs of huge numbers of NHS staff.

With media coverage of the NHS focusing on the negative, 38 Degrees members decided it was time to correct the balance with a view positive stories of their own. You can read the stories here – http://www.38degrees.org.uk/share-your-NHS-stories/

38 Degrees member Joanne explains:

“I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 29, my local NHS have been simply wonderful supporting me through it all. We can’t let a fantastic service like this be eroded by back door privatisation.”

Others value the security that the NHS gives over a lifetime, like 38 Degrees member Gordon:

“I am 55, and I know that whatever happens to me in my last few decades, I will always be well cared for, and with no worries whatsoever about what it will all cost. And this applies to every single person in our country, not just those of us who can afford it.

All over the map, which has comments drawn from almost every part of the UK, 38 Degrees activists are also clear about their political worries for the NHS. Paul, from London, says:

“I am very concerned for the future of the services provided as part NHS. The prospect of this current coalition government forcing through drastic ideologically driven cuts under the mask of ‘essential spending reduction’ is a real worry.”

The Coalition is planning to move fast – legislation is expected before the end of the year. But those opposing the plans are moving quickly too. With thousands of people across the country opposing the reform of the NHS, forcing through these changes to the NHS may prove to be a step too far for the new Coalition.

• Stand up for the NHS by adding your voice here:-

http://www.38degrees.org.uk/share-your-NHS-stories/

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