Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Scores sign petition to “save the NHS”

MORE than 100 people signed a petition in Henley against spending cuts and the involvement of

MORE than 100 people signed a petition in Henley against spending cuts and the involvement of private companies in the NHS.

Anne Johnson, of Blandy Road, Henley, and Jennifer McLean, from Gallowstree Common, were in Market Place on Saturday asking people to put their names down.

The pair met through the internet campaign group 38 Degrees, a pressure group which is organising the campaign nationally. It claims that the NHS has been under-funded by the Government and that private companies are gradually taking over the service, affecting the quality of care.

Ms McLean said: “There were lots of people coming up to discuss their concerns. It was interesting to meet other like-minded people. We didn’t get as many signatures as we had hoped because we spent so long chatting.

“I’m very concerned about the future of the NHS. You’ve only got to look at Henley, where the local GPs lost the contract to work at Townlands Hospital.”



Doctors from the town’s Bell and Hart surgeries are still working at Townlands although no formal agreement is in place.

Talks are ongoing as to how they could work together with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in running GP services and visits to Peppard ward.



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