Members of West Cornwall HealthWatch (WCHW) have delivered 300+ postcards to MP Derek Thomas at his constituency office on behalf of his constituents and their growing concerns about future of local NHS services.

The postcards were in batches of 30, tied with black or saffron ribbon. They nestled inside a lobster pot which had been decorated the afternoon before by members of West Cornwall HealthWatch and Penzance 38 Degrees.

The label attached to the lobster pot read “Dear Derek, here is your catch of the day from your constituents. Don’t let the NHS become an endangered species”.

The postcards had all been signed during the five days that the Penzance Pop-Up Shop was open as WCHW’s local NHS campaign shop. During that time more than 500 members of the public had passed through the doors, all keen to talk about the future of the NHS and their local health and social care services.

The postcards asked their MP to:-

DEMAND an urgent increase in funding for Cornwall’s health and social care services.

PUSH for a fair funding settlement for Cornwall not based on car ownership.

ENSURE that the NHS is run for public good not private profit.

  • Most people wrote their name and postcode however some people added personal messages to their cards such as ‘Please ask the government to pay its fair share of the cost of the NHS. We’ve all paid for it all or lives’!