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Fighting to save our hospitals

Issue No. 2290

Prince Philip hospital

Hundreds of people marched through Llanelli, South Wales, on Saturday to protest at threats to downgrade the town’s Prince Philip hospital.

The Hywel Dda trust plans to close down the A&E department along with one of the medical wards.

Behind the trust stands the Welsh Assembly.

The trust seems to regard Llanelli and its hospital as “rural”. But Llanelli is an industrial town with a population of about 60,000.

If the closures go ahead it means that patients will have to travel to Carmarthen some 13 miles away.

The same stealthy downgrading process is also happening elsewhere—including in Aberystwyth and Baglan in Port Talbot.

Huw Pudner


Friarage hospital

Campaigners in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, plan to march against cuts to paediatric and maternity services at the town’s Friarage hospital.

Around 250 people came to a public meeting over the cuts. The town’s councillors backed a protest in April, to be led by pregnant women, parents and children.


Swindon

Hospital workers in Swindon struck on Tuesday of this week against their private employer Carillion.

Over 100 porters and housekeepers in the GMB union walked out at the Great Western Hospital.

Dozens of workers formed picket lines and waved banners.

Some 109 workers have lodged complaints of bullying against management. They are threatening to strike again on 21 and 23 February.

Visit the picket line at the main entrance, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6BB


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Tue 14 Feb 2012, 17:36 GMT
Issue No. 2290
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