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Huntingdon march to defend hospital

by Tom Woodcock
Issue No. 2122

Over 100 people demonstrated in Huntingdon last Saturday against plans to hand over management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to a private company.

The protest was organised by the Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public group and supported by the Unison union.

Martin Booth, chair of the group, said, “The demonstration has been a good first step to stop this privatisation. People have come from around the region to raise the campaign’s profile.

“We are planning a public meeting and are continuing with a successful petition.

“Two years ago the town marched to save the hospital from closure and now we are getting a very good response to our demand that the hospital remain in public hands.”

Tracy Lambert, Unison’s senior regional officer, said, “The only way that private firms can make a profit out of running our services is to make cuts to them or attack the terms and conditions of staff.

“Our demand is that the strategic health authority wipes off Hinchingbrooke’s £39 million debt, which is not a lot given the current bailouts.”

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Tue 7 Oct 2008, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2122
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