Campaign to keep NHS public

PUBLISHED: 07:20 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 24 May 2010

A SOLICITOR who says the future of the NHS is under threat wants others to help with his fight. Private practice solicitor Kelvin Fraser, of Montpelier, Weston, is forming a local branch of a national pressure group called Keep Our NHS Public. The 46-year

A SOLICITOR who says the future of the NHS is under threat wants others to help with his fight.Private practice solicitor Kelvin Fraser, of Montpelier, Weston, is forming a local branch of a national pressure group called Keep Our NHS Public.The 46-year-old, who is a member of the Liberal Democrats, says the NHS is under threat from privatisation.Mr Fraser, a father of five, said: "The situation within the health service in North Somerset is giving increasing cause for concern, and the same pattern is being repeated all across the country."With our local PCT and hospital trust debts at current levels and the Government insisting on further financial restraint, front line services are bound to suffer."While spending on the NHS in England has doubled since 1997, much of the money has been wasted on market-driven reforms, paving the way for more and more privatisation of health care provision. "The further we move away from the traditional model of the NHS the more problems arise."It is no exaggeration to say that the very future of the NHS, as most people know and value it, is now under threat."I'm hoping that in North Somerset we can put together a broad coalition of people from all walks of life and political persuasions. "We need to organise a coherent and effective campaign if we are to have any prospect of retaining our local health services at the level which people both expect and deserve."Mr Fraser can be contacted by calling 01934 625551 or visit www.keepournhspublic.com for more details of the national campaign.

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