HEALTH service campaigners have staged a Valentine’s Day rally in Sunderland.
Members of Sunderland’s People’s Assembly were at Park Lane on Saturday as part of a national day of action entitled Call 999 for the NHS.
Among the speakers were retired Sunderland nurse Kathy Haq, Green Party candidate for the city’s parliamentary election Rachel Featherstone and Rev Chris Howson, of Sunderland Minster.
Stalls were also put on and members of the public encouraged to sign a huge Valentine’s card which the organisation is going to send to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Mark Tyers, from Sunderland People’s Assembly, told the Echo: “We’ve had hundreds of signatures to our petition on the Valentine’s card and about 40 to 50 people involved in the rally too.
“A lot of people around the country are concerned about how the NHS is currently being run.
“It’s being cut up and sold out with very little opposition and we need to do something about it.
“The NHS is something we need people to stand up and fight for.”