A political party survey alleged to mislead the public by using an NHS logo is being investigated by hospital chiefs.
The survey, asking residents of Eastwood and Ashfield on their thoughts about local healthcare was sent to 46,000 homes.
But the questionnaire has raised concerns that it looks like an official NHS document.
Issued by Jason Zadrozny, Liberal Democrat county councillor nad parliamentary candidate for Ashfield, it used similar logo to the health service at the top of the page and shows Mr Zadrozny’s signature at the bottom of the back page.
Paul O’Connor, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We had been contacted by several local people and our staff about the questionnaire and shared their concerns that the survey implied endorsement of the NHS by using an image which is almost identical to the NHS logo.
“We therefore escalated the matter to NHS England for them to investigate and have contacted Mr Zadrozny’s office to inform them.”
The survey was also brought to the attention of Ashfield Labour MP, Gloria De Piero.
She said: “I have been contacted by several residents who have raised serious concerns about the NHS Logo and reference being made to Kings Mill Hospital being used on Liberal Democrat leaflets.”
A spokesperson for Ms De Piero’s office said the survey was “dodgy looking”.
He added: “As you can see it looks exactly like the type you’d receive from your GP or hospital, the NHS logo at the top right hand corner, marked confidential, barcode and hardly a mention that it has come from the Lib Dems until you read through the first page and the small print too – by which time you have started filling in the info.”
The “NHS User and Local Issue” survey asked people to answer multiple-choice questions about their experiences with the NHS locally.
It contains only one reference to the Liberal Democrats on the front page, in the context of a question.
A spokesperson for Jason Zadrozny said: “We will not apologise to NHS bosses for discussing issues that affect local people. I think it is an insult to residents to claim that they have been somehow hoodwinked.
“The survey was accompanied by a letter from Councillor Zadrozny with a prominent Lib Dem logo.
“It was signed by Jason and other council candidates, the return address was to Jason.
“We have already received hundreds back, addressed to Jason - one of resident’s main concerns is that our local NHS is drowning in debt and having to close wards down.”
Liberal Democrat campaign organiser David Hennigan said: “We’ve got a general election coming up in May and rather than discuss a logo that looks a little bit like the NHS symbol we want to talk about the issues.
“People are fearful of what will happen to the NHS if Labour get into parliament, their national policy is all over the place.
“Kings Mill is £3.1 million in debt each month as a result of PFIs, they had to close two wards to save money.”