REDDITCH people are invited to show their support for the NHS on its 65th anniversary by signing a massive birthday card in the town centre.

The card will be at a street stall near Three Cooks Bakery tomorrow, Friday, July 5 from 10.30am-2.30pm for residents to come and sign.

Rebecca Blake, Labour's Parliamentary spokesman, said: “After 65 years of theNHS it now faces unprecedented demand, A&E waiting times are at a nine year high and nationally 4,000 nurses have been laid off. 

“I'm reminded of Bevan's words in 1948 when the then Labour Government created the NHS.  ‘The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it’.

"We could be forgiven for taking our NHS for granted, however with A&E and maternity services currently under threat at the Alex, we certainly don't in Redditch.

"I am fearful for the future of our NHS and therefore we have to fight for it.  I welcome people to come and back the NHS this Friday on the 65th anniversary by signing the giant NHS birthday card. 

“Not only is this a show of support for the service we receive as patients, but it's a show of support for the NHS staff.”