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NHS protests round-up

Issue No. 2339

Furness opposes maternity closure

Around 250 people met last Friday to oppose the decision to close maternity services and critical care for newborns at Furness General Hospital.

From this week it will accept only routine births no more than six weeks premature.

Other services will be provided at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary—45 miles away.

Bosses said the change is due to staff shortages and claim it is temporary.

Strike ballot in Salford pathology

The Unite union is balloting pathology staff at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for strikes. Trust bosses want to downband biomedical scientists, who could lose as much as £6,000 a year.

Unite regional officer, Gary Owen told Socialist Worker, “We’re not going to go down without a fight.”

No blood transfer from Southend

About 50 activists in Southend lobbied against the transfer of blood test services to Bedford last week.

They demanded that the local Clinical Commissioning Group refuse to sign the new contract.

Hundreds march for Chase Farm

Some 250 people marched through Enfield, north London, on Saturday of last week.

They oppose plans to remove A&E and maternity services from Chase Farm hospital in November.

Some marchers occupied the old hospital clock tower.

Russell Davey

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