Hospital petition forms flooding in

PETITION forms continue to flood in today pledging their support for Ipswich Hospital's under-threat nurses.Just three weeks after the Evening Star launched its Save Our Angels appeal, more than 1,300 signatures have been received - one of the fastest responses to any campaign in the paper's history.

PETITION forms continue to flood in today pledging their support for Ipswich Hospital's under-threat nurses.

Just three weeks after the Evening Star launched its Save Our Angels appeal, more than 1,300 signatures have been received - one of the fastest responses to any campaign in the paper's history.

Among the latest people to pledge their support for the nurses are members of the Priory Heath Ladies' Club who sent in a petition form packed with signatures.

Customers of Twinkles in Nacton Road have also got behind the campaign, adding their weight to calls to save as many nurses as possible.


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Responses continue to flood in through the Star's website as well.

Another person to sign up was Robert Kemp, of Ipswich, said: “It's good to see a local paper putting its weight behind issues that really matter to local people.

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“There is a continuing erosion of resources, both human and financial, in large companies and public bodies at the expense of the people the service is meant to help.”

The Save Our Angels campaign was launched in response to Ipswich Hospital's plans to axe more than 30 specialist nursing posts.

It emerged last week that a series of negotiations with charities and other agencies has enabled the hospital to find funding to retain around 16 specialist nurses.

However, there are still a number of vital posts which could be lost, like the psychiatric liaison nurse highlighted in last week's Evening Star.

Hospital bosses say there are continuing negotiations, but the Star will keep campaigning until we are satisfied patient care will not be put at risk.

To add your name to the campaign complete the form on this page or visit www.eveningstar.co.uk/angels

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