CAMPAIGNERS gathered signatures in Keighley for an NHS birthday card.

Members of the 38 Degrees Airedale group collected names outside the town's bus station.

They also distributed Health Campaigns Together postcards.

The event took place on the 69th anniversary of the NHS.

Geoff Lee, chairman of 38 Degrees Airedale, said: "Items on the card that most people supported were resisting proposed £22 billion cuts to services across Yorkshire, stopping the sell-off of NHS land and assets, fair pay for all NHS staff and the reinstatement of the bursary for nurses."

Keighley Labour MP John Grogan is among those who supported the card, which has been presented to Airedale Hospital.

Signatures were also gathered at the Steeton hospital.

Simon Watt, for Health Campaigns Together, said: "The card celebrates an NHS which has provided free and fair care for everyone since 1948.

"It also warns that the NHS is at grave risk from cuts, privatisations, land sell-offs and a costly waste of staff time dealing with internal markets."