A petition against the “privatisation” of the NHS was presented to a Norfolk MP on Friday.

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Local campaigners met with health minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to hand over a national petition signed by more than 240,000 people as part of the 38 Degrees campaign.

The petition opposes the government’s section 75 plans to allow GP commissioners to open up every part of local health services to private companies.

However, Mr Lamb said the coalition government had listened to concerns by agreeing to withdrawing and rewriting section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act.

The 38 Degrees group is now calling on Mr Lamb to make sure that any new regulations honour the promises that ministers made to the public when the act went through Parliament last year.

Ed Bober, of Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts, said: “There’s such overwhelming support amongst the public for a publically owned health service.”

Liz Cornwall, of North Walsham, added: “I was born a year before the NHS. I saw it grow and I don’t want to see it disbanded now. The public health service is not a business.”

3 comments

  • Wasn't Norman Lamb the same man who said he'd resign if they didn't get it right? Now they're having to rewrite it I see he's still going nowhere.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

  • @Peter Watson - You're spot on. Just look at Serco's desire to administer drastic surgery to the Suffolk Community Health services it has been given, by the LibCons, for them to make profits. Lamb is a "whited sepulchre" and although he will no doubt soon be out of politics, the evil and damage he has been involved in causing will remain for years, if not forever.

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    T Doff

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

  • The financial interests of MPs in private health care companies will ensure these regulations be placed on the table little changed and the likes of Virgin,G4S and Serco have been assured they will receive £40billion worth of public contracts as payback for supporting the Tory party,assisted by their yellowtory friends like Orange Booker Lamb.They can never be trusted with our health service so vigilance is always required.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

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