Paint attack on Lansley offices
The constituency offices of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley have been daubed with graffiti by activists opposed to the Government's controversial NHS reforms.
Cambridgeshire Police said they are investigating the incident at Hardwick on Thursday night, when red paint was thrown at the building and the words "Hands off our NHS Tory scum" were written in large letters on a wall.
Protesters left a letter addressed to the minister demanding to be treated as "patients and not as consumers".
One said: "The Government are using the budget deficit as an excuse to destroy our hard-won social protections while corporation tax gets cut. We are taking action alongside hundreds of thousands of public sector workers preparing to go on strike to fight the Government's concerted attack on the welfare state."
The incident happened as unions and campaign groups stepped up protests against the Government's NHS reforms.
Protests, marches and lobbies were held across the UK in opposition to the Government's Health and Social Care Bill which unions believe will lead to health services being privatised.
MPs were being lobbied and protests held in cities including Rotherham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bolton, Sunderland and Winchester.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: "Selling off the NHS is no joke - but that's exactly what the Health and Social Care Bill paves the way for. Even the Tories are waking up to the toxic prescription that the Health and Social Care Bill really is for our NHS.
"Handing over £80 billion to GPs is a reckless gamble. Doctors don't want it, and it will poison the relationship between patients and their GP. Who wants to be sitting across from their doctor wondering if the treatment they are prescribed is what they need, or what the GP can afford to pay for?
Rehana Azam, national officer of the GMB, said: "With these cuts the British public can reassure themselves that they were right not to trust the Conservatives in the 2001 and 2005 elections. The Conservatives only managed to crawl back from the political wilderness because they promised us that they could be trusted with the NHS. It appears that they couldn't."