Worldwide outcry over job cuts

PROPOSALS to scrap the jobs of specialist nurses at Ipswich Hospital have now caused an outcry across the world - as opposition leader David Cameron will learn during his visit to Heath Road tomorrow .

PROPOSALS to scrap the jobs of specialist nurses at Ipswich Hospital have now caused an outcry across the world - as opposition leader David Cameron will learn during his visit to Heath Road tomorrow .

The Evening Star launched the Save Our Angels campaign last week to try to prevent the cash-strapped hospital axing the posts which are vital to so many vulnerable people in the community.

And already the campaign has touched the hearts of hundreds of readers with more than 652 people using petition forms in the paper and online to say they oppose the move, some from as far away as America.

Sarah Beard, whose five-year-old daughter Chelsie died last month after a battle with cancer, has also set up a petition aimed at saving nursing posts in the children's oncology department where she says just one extra nurse makes an unquantifiable difference to youngsters' lives.

She said: “It is great that The Evening Star is fighting to save the nurses too and together I think we can do it.

“So far 850 people have signed my petition online with people from as far away as Mauritius, the USA and Australia.

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“I'm not quite sure how the word has spread so quickly but it is great that so many people feel strongly about it.

“And lots more people have been signing in the supermarkets, the bingo and the chip shop - there is public outcry and the hospital is going to have to listen to what people are saying.

“And when so many people are speaking through the Star's petition too something clearly has to be done.”

The Evening Star still needs your support to make sure the angels of our community are saved so fill in the petition or visit www.eveningstar.co.uk/angels.

Or write to us to tell us your stories highlighting the wonderful work of the nurses at Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

ROBERT Dunnett of Main Road Martlesham said: “After years of suffering with colitis, it unfortunately turned to colon cancer. I had my ileostomy operation in March this year - with complications.

“The surgeon, consultant, ward nurses and stoma nurses are, I feel, angels.

“When one is scared and worried about the future these wonderful boys and girls, ladies and gentleman, comfort, care, and assure you, as well as giving wonderful medical attention.

“They work so hard, never stopping and with more people coming into the area how can the government even think of reducing numbers?

“The whole fabric of society needs to have good health, without good health life is very difficult. I am improving with the help and guidance of Ipswich Hospital medics, they are first class.

“By all means make hospitals efficient, but do not get rid of irreplaceable nurses, it is madness.

“Good luck to your campaign, we will support you.”

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