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NHS round-up - campaigners fight Tory health cuts from Halifax to Torrington

Issue No. 2395

Minor injuries for Cossham Hospital

About 90 people attended South Gloucestershire health scrutiny meeting on Wednesday of last week to show support for Cossham Hospital gaining a minor injuries unit. 

The Save Cossham hospital campaign has been relaunched. The nearest A&E is due to be transferred to a new Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital much further away. 

Local residents have repeatedly mobilised to defend their local hospital. Almost a decade ago their opposition to the threat of closure resulted in a £19 million refurbishment of the building.


New umbrella for St Helier campaign

A public meeting in defence of St Helier Hospital in south west London drew over 120 people, including local councillors, on Thursday of last week. St Helier has been deliberately run down for many years and was recently threatened with the closure of its A&E, maternity and children’s wards. 

That attack collapsed in the face of opposition. But campaigners feel it’s only a temporary victory, and the meeting was the first for a new umbrella organisation run by local residents. 

It’s a step forward for the campaign as it had been very fragmented, and dominated by the cynical posturing of local MPs and councillors. The mood was angry, and there was a widespread feeling that we can’t trust the politicians—we have to fight for ourselves. 

Ben Windsor


Reinstate beds in Torrington cottage

Campaigners are fighting to reinstate the beds at Torrington Cottage Hospital that have been cut by North Devon Health Trust “restructuring”. They have forced Torrington Town Council to hold a referendum over the bed closures, which is set for 9 April.

Surveys show that more than 90 percent of people want to see the reinstatement of the beds.

Dave Clinch


Hundreds march for Halifax A&E

Hundreds of people protested against cuts to Halifax NHS on Saturday of last week. Plans include the closure of the local A&E. The next protest has been called by the Unison union on 29 March, 12.30pm, assembling at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

Mathew Flynn  

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