Fears over the privatisation of the NHS have prompted concerned patients to raise a petition.
More than 40 people from Wirksworth, Belper andsurrounding villages, met in The Hope and Anchor, Wirksworth, to express their concerns over the changes taking place in the NHS as a result of recent legislation.
Spokesman for the group, Chris Thompson, said: “The overriding concern of the meeting was to prevent the drift to privatisation. The aim of the petition is to place a form of words in the constitution of the Clinical Commissioning Groups, which would hold those groups to account if privatisation takes place and to encourage the use of NHS providers.
“A number of people at the meeting spoke of their recent experiences of the NHS, with some treatments no longer being available. There was clearly a high degree of anxiety about the implications of the bill allied to budget cuts.”
The petition will be presented to the South Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group at their meeting on February 22, 2013.
Delegates from the Wirksworth meeting will be joined by a group from Derby. The group plans a further meeting early in the New Year, with a member of the South Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning group.