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Mass march to save Stafford Hospital

Issue No. 2373

Health workers and campaigners marched to save Stafford Hospital last weekend

Health workers and campaigners marched to save Stafford Hospital last weekend (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Up to 15,000 health workers and campaigners marched against Tory cuts at Stafford Hospital last Saturday (pictured, right).

Cheryl Porter, a founder of the campaign to defend the hospital said, “We’re going to keep fighting and we will save our hospital.”

A public consultation over the future of the hospital was set to end on Tuesday of this week.

Trust Special Administrators (TSA) claim the hospital is “Neither clinically nor financially sustainable.” But Cheryl said, “It’s about privatisation.”

Sarah Ensor

Around 30 activists protested outside the Brookfields hospital on Mill Road in Cambridge last Saturday. The hospital faces privatisation.

Campaigners also lobbied the NHS Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group on Tuesday of this week.

Andrew Osborne

The Harmoni private medical firm that ran 11 emergency out of hours services has been removed from a contract in north east London.

Harmoni had run the City and Hackney service since 2010.

Local GPs said it provided a poor service with too few medically trained staff.

Hackney GPs who formed the not-for-profit City & Hackney Urgent Healthcare Social Enterprise have taken over the contract.

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Tue 1 Oct 2013, 18:44 BST
Issue No. 2373
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