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Campaign for Timberhill walk-in centre shows that city is passionate about a public not privatised NHS

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Letter to the Eastern Daily Press on the 1st July regarding the Timber Hill Health Centre

Like many of your readers I've been concerned at the possible loss of our city's Timberhill walk-in centre. It's an essential service that caters to some of the most vulnerable in our city. One that saves the NHS millions of pounds a year by diverting patients that would otherwise end up at an overstretched A&E.

But across the country 25% of walk-in centres have closed - victims of the Coalition Government's NHS budget cuts, in part caused by the billions being spent on its break-up and privatisation.

That's why Norwich Labour Party has been campaigning hard to keep this vital city service open. So far alongside Friends of Timberhill walk-in centre, numerous city street stalls and knocking on hundreds of doors with petitions - we've managed to mobilise hundreds of people into having their voice heard.

All too often we see ourselves as passive bystanders in our own democracy - powerless to affect the change we want. But not this time. Whether to the Castle Mall, NHS England or the Tory Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt - we'll make sure our voice is heard.

Throughout it all one thing has become clear whilst campaigning to save Timberhill it's this fact: the overwhelming majority of people in this city believe a public NHS is worth standing up and fighting for.

So just how the city's two Coalition MPs square that fact with their own record of voting for the break-up and privatisation of the NHS back in 2012, remains to be seen.

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