Health protestors join together

HOSPITAL campaigners in Felixstowe are joining up with health service supporters across the county and today preparing for a series of protests.Save Our Felixstowe Hospitals action group chairman Roy Gray said: "We have been in touch with groups in other parts of the county who are working to save their health services.

HOSPITAL campaigners in Felixstowe are joining up with health service supporters across the county and today preparing for a series of protests.

Save Our Felixstowe Hospitals action group chairman Roy Gray said: "We have been in touch with groups in other parts of the county who are working to save their health services.

"This is bigger than just Felixstowe and I think we need to work as a team to show how the people of Suffolk feel about this all-out attack on our health care.

"We can achieve a lot more by working together and showing the Primary Care Trusts and the government exactly what people think of this appalling situation."

The group, which is trying to save the Bartlet from closure and fighting proposed changes to the General, has been in touch with campaigners trying to save the Walnutree Hospital in Sudbury, and those fighting changes to Aldeburgh Hospital.

It was planned to also work with other groups trying to stave off cuts to services.

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Mr Gray said the action group was looking at ideas for a number of protests in the remaining weeks of the consultation period.

He said: "We have a number of ideas but would not want to say too much publicly at this point, but will let people know how they can join in once we have decided."

He described the consultation title Changing for the Better as a "sick joke". He added that closing and selling the Bartlet for conversion to luxury apartments would not clear the PCT debts and it was feared the General would be next for the axe.

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