Winchester Wishes the NHS a Happy 70th Birthday
Birthday card and petition signed to show support for the NHS
As the UK marked the NHS’s 70th Birthday on 5th July the Winchester Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was making preparations for their own celebration; a street stall in Winchester where everyone was encouraged to show their support for our world-class health service.
Members of Winchester CLP, from Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, were joined by their friends and family at the Buttercross on Winchester High Street, bringing with them a large birthday card for passers-by to sign, a petition and a true passion for our NHS and those who dedicate their lives to healing others. Winchester CLP Chair Gillian Connell who attended on the day commented that “the atmosphere around the stall was great, especially thanks to the nice young French lady (playing her music nearby) who dedicated her rendering of ‘Chanson d’Amour’ to the NHS”.
It was clear from the conversations that took place that, all political affiliations aside, the people of Winchester are enthusiastic about our NHS and keeping healthcare free for everyone at the point of use. Passers-by were encouraged to sign a Happy Birthday card to the NHS, and by the end of the day the card was crammed with signatures. The birthday card will be presented to the staff of The Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to express Winchester’s gratitude for all the work they do.
There was also an opportunity for people to demonstrate their support of the NHS by signing a petition requesting better funding for essential services. The petition is still collecting signatures and once complete will be presented to Steve Brine, both as MP for Winchester and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care.