Resort protesters join Ipswich fight

CAMPAIGNERS who fought to save Felixstowe's hospitals are today turning their attention to an even bigger target.

CAMPAIGNERS who fought to save Felixstowe's hospitals are today turning their attention to an even bigger target.

The protesters are backing the Evening Star's campaign to save Ipswich Hospital's services - and are determined to ensure no more are lost, forcing residents to travel out of county for treatment.

The Felixstowe Save Our Hospitals Action Group is getting back together to join the campaign.

Chairman Roy Gray said: “There is growing and very serious concern in Felixstowe at what is happening to Ipswich Hospital - although we have an excellent community hospital, Heath Road is our local hospital for many services.

“People are worried at what has been taken away from Ipswich in the past couple of years, the fact that it will not have a heart attack centre when every other county is having one, and fears over what services might be next to go.

“We agree with the Evening Star and our MP John Gummer that the matter is very serious and action is urgently needed.

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“We will be looking at what we can do and organising something as soon as possible.”

One committee member has seen a list of 18 services are set to be carried out at regional centres of excellence - some have already been lost, such as head and neck cancer, and the rest read like a “hit list” of what will go.

“We need to stay vigilant - we have to keep an eye on what is happening at Felixstowe Community Hospital, too, because we need more services there as the town grows to save people having to travel to Ipswich,” added Mr Gray.

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