Campaigners took to the streets of Bury St Edmunds on Saturday as part of a nationwide ‘save our NHS’ action day.
Dr Ron Carter, a former Bury GP locum and doctor at Highpoint Prison in Stradishall, was among people helping with the town’s 38 Degrees campaign, which collected more than 1,500 signatures.
“I was gratified. 38 Degrees say if you’re getting 10 to 20 signatures they think you’re doing quite well – we had 30 to 240 per person,” he said.
The aim is to use the petition, which has received further support online, to convince Bury’s parliamentary candidates to take part in a live debate on the NHS and its uncertain future. This is currently being planned for April.
Dr Carter said Helen Geake, who will be contesting the Bury constituency for the Green Party at the 2015 General Election, ‘is already on board’.
To find out more about the campaign, visit www.38degrees.org.uk