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Norwich protest against ward’s closure

Issue No. 2526

Around 100 people marched through Norwich last Saturday against a hospital ward closure.

Managers plan to shut the Henderson Unit at the Julian Hospital, with the loss of 24 beds. They claim that it’s necessary to “save” around £2 million for the local NHS trust—only a small proportion of £30 million of cuts demanded.

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, slammed the closure as “short-sighted” and “symptomatic” of bigger problems in the NHS.

“The unit was going to help with bed-blocking that we know we will experience through winter,” he said.

The protest was organised by the NHS Norfolk Action Group.

Meanwhile, hundreds also marched in support of the NHS in Bristol last Thursday. The People’s Assembly had originally called the demo to support the junior doctors.

Thanks to Tim Knight-Hughes

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