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Minister heckled at Health Service protest

Hundreds of people have been taking part in protests across the region against Government health cuts. Campaigners were out in force in Norwich and Huntingdon. They were complaining about David Cameron's controversial NHS reforms: one local MP came under fire as she tried to defend them.

Chloe Smith, the Tory MP for Norwich North and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, was booed and heckled at a Save our NHS demonstration in Norwich. More than 200 people had gathered to protest about the Government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill. They argue it will spell the end of a free health service and be a shift towards an American-style system with patients paying for some services.

Chloe Smith was on crutches after breaking her foot in a fall at Westminster. As she limped onto the stage campaigners unfurled a banner behind her which said: "Tory NHS Wrecker"

In Huntingdon campaigners gathered outside Hinchingbrooke Hospital to complain about other NHS cutbacks. A mental health ward at the hospital has been closed forcing patients to travel 25 miles to Peterborough for support and treatment.

Despite opposition to the reforms, the Government says the NHS is in vital need of modernisation and has vowed to push its Health and Social Care Bill through parliament.