1. ITV Report

Drop the Health Bill Rally

Members of the union UNISON are taking their message to Parliament today. Thousands of people opposing Andrew Lansley's Bill are expected to gather in Westminster Hall and UNISON members from across the Calendar region will be among them.

They will be lobbying Parliament and meeting MPs to call for the controversial Health and Social Care Bill to be scrapped. Other unions are staging a rally on the same day under the All Together for the NHS campaign.

The controversial plans involve scrapping the county's primary care trusts and giving control of NHS budgets to groups of GPs instead. Opponents say they will make room for more private companies to get involved and lead to the breakdown of the NHS. They fear the changes will put even more pressure on the county's NHS, which is already battling to save millions of pounds while treating more patients than ever before.

UNISON Regional Head of Health Pam Jonson said:

"People from every corner of Yorkshire and Humberside have signed up to say a resounding 'No' to the Bill which, as well as costing millions to implement at a time when the NHS has to save £20 billion, will open up the NHS to competition and increase the number of private patients hospitals can treat. The Tories should listen to what patients and professionals alike are telling them and withdraw the Bill."