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Lowestoft health campaigners angry at local hospital closures

Issue No. 2479

Dozens of angry campaigners protested outside the meeting of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (Health East) on Thursday of last week.

Health East confirmed that two community hospitals were to be closed.

In a “consultation” only 21 percent supported the closure of hospitals in Southwold and Halesworth.

Fewer still wanted the beds in Northgate in Great Yarmouth and All Hallows near Bungay scrapped.

Over 1,100 people responded to the consultation but the views of the local population were ignored.

Lowestoft Hospital has already been closed. The 21 beds retained in Beccles to service vast swathes of Norfolk and Suffolk are too few and too distant.

There is already critical pressure on the James Paget hospital, frequently on “Black Alert”. This is when services are overwhelmed by high demand and staff struggle to admit and discharge patients.

Health East wants to cut £4.3 million from the health budget.

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Tue 10 Nov 2015, 17:03 GMT
Issue No. 2479
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