Heart fight continues

ON the eve of 20,000 petition names being put under Gordon Brown's gaze at 10, Downing Street, The Evening Star today throws down the gauntlet over heart care in Suffolk.

ON the eve of 20,000 petition names being put under Gordon Brown's gaze at 10, Downing Street, The Evening Star today throws down the gauntlet over heart care in Suffolk.

Today we pledge to re-double our campaign for the people of Ipswich and Suffolk - and for the very best heart care services to be based at Ipswich Hospital and not in a faraway operating theatre.

We say Ipswich and Suffolk patients deserve the very best in care.

We say pioneering new services should be based HERE - and that Suffolk patients should not get an inferior service to those in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

During Sunday evening's passionate debate over plans to treat emergency victims at specialist centres outside Suffolk, Chris Mole, Ipswich's MP, said the new primary angioplasty centres in Norwich, Papworth and Basildon, would provide a better quality of care than what is currently on offer.

But we say that is simply not good enough.

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As the Star's editor, Nigel Pickover, said at the end of the debate: “I call on Chris Mole to fight for the best for Ipswich Hospital, not just a service that is better.

For the full story see tonight's Evening Star.

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