HEALTH campaigners took their calls to save the NHS onto the streets as they gathered support.
Members of the 38 Degrees pressure group have been collecting signatures as they urge the next Government to protect the NHS and end its polices of privatisation.
A lot of people were walking by saying it had nothing to do with them. I don’t know if they realise that once the NHS has gone, it’s gone.Maeve Cuthbertson, campaigner
They visited Seaham’s Byron Place Shopping Centre as part of their efforts, with the constituency’s prospective parliamentary candidates invited to join in the event.
A similar event has previously been held in Peterlee, where more than 800 names were added to it and others also collected online.
The candidate nominated in the general election will be presented with the completed document, with more than 2,070-plus names already added.
Maeve Cuthbertson, who was among the campaigners, said: “It went really well and a lot of people were coming up to us to sign, but a lot of people were walking by saying it had nothing to do with them.
“I don’t know if they realise that once the NHS has gone, it’s gone.
“We’ve also had lots of people getting in touch through Facebook saying they had signed or they were there.”
Labour’s Graham Morris, the North East Party’s Susan McDonnell, Jonathan Arnott of UKIP and Steve Colburn of the Socialist Party, joined the group.
The Green, Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives also have candidates running.
The petition asks each candidate to ensure the NHS is properly funded, and keep it from the privatisation of Transatlantic Trade Implementation Partnership (TTIP) trade deal with the US.
The petition is one of many being collected by 38 Degrees across the country which the organisation says has been backed by thousands of people.