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Parents to protest over Salford maternity threat

Issue No. 2213

Salford parents are set to march again in September in an effort to save their local hospital’s maternity unit.

The unit, at the Salford Royal, was marked for closure in 2007 despite thousands protesting.

But now campaigners believe there is an opportunity to get the decision reversed.

Lisa Kean, from the Salford Maternity Forum, is organising the march in a bid to save the service.

She said, “We need to demonstrate the level of support that there is for the maternity unit.

“We know that thousands of mums and dads will want to keep the unit open.

“We also want to have a public meeting, to demonstrate to the people in charge that we’re serious about keeping the unit.”

The march is planned for Saturday 4 September. Assemble Buile Hill Park, Salford, M6, to march to St James’ House, the headquarters of Salford’s health authority in Pendleton

Portakabin A&E

NHS bosses in Hartlepool are planning to rent portakabins to use as an A&E after the government decided to close the one at the University Hospital – and scrapped plans for a new £464 million regional “super-hospital”.

Keith Fisher, chairman of Hartlepool’s Save Our Hospital campaign, called the plan “absolutely unacceptable”.

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Tue 3 Aug 2010, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2213
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