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Birmingham residents unite against PFI 'super hospital'

Issue No. 2035

Over 200 local residents and health workers in Birmingham met on Wednesday of last week to vent their anger at proposed cuts in services and plans for a 'super' hospital that will be built under the Private Finance Initiative.

The question and answer session was organised by the local paper to discuss plans for a major shake-up of hospital services in Sandwell and west Birmingham.

Trust bosses joined the meeting thinking that they would be in for a smooth ride – but they were wrong.

The meeting felt that investment was needed in staffing and refurbishment of existing local hospitals and the loudest applause was reserved for those who talked about fighting back.

There were only two contributions in support of the bosses proposals, and half way through one of them, the person speaking changed their mind.

At the end of the meeting many people gave their details to help set up a Keep Our NHS Public campaign in the area.

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Sat 27 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2035
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