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NHS probe launched into 'clearly fake' health scare poster shared by Labour activists

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/05/2017 Robin De Peyer

© Provided by Independent Print Limited An investigation has been launched after Labour activists reportedly circulated a “clearly fake” poster warning the NHS will no longer be free from next year.

Labour Future, a grassroots campaign group, shared an image of the poster on Facebook alongside the caption: “The Future: Stop this happening today!”

The image, which bears the official logos of both Public Health England and the NHS, asks: “Have you bought your NHS insurance? From January 2018 the NHS will no longer be a free service.

“You and your family may be eligible for minimum health coverage for £4500 a year. Don’t put it off. Don’t put your family at risk.”

The poster was later removed by Labour Future, which describes itself as a group which wants “to act positively to help unify and build bridges across the Labour Party”.

An NHS England spokesman has now told the Standard an investigation has been launched.

“We treat misuse of the NHS logo extremely seriously and we are investigating the origin of this clearly fake poster,” he said.

“As soon as we became aware that Labour Future had reposted this image we contacted them and asked them to remove it from their social media, which they did.”

Public Health England described the poster as “fake news”.

Labour Future has been contacted for comment.

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