Thursday, 1 February 2018

Protest rally in Exeter over hospital closures across Devon > Saturday 3rd February

This coming Saturday will see demonstrations across the UK to protest about the state of health care - including in Exeter:

Exeter demonstration for the NHS - 3 FEB 2018

With a piece from County Cllr Claire Wright - also member of the council's health committee:

Protect the NHS rally - this Saturday 3 February, 11am, Bedford Square, Exeter

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 

I will be speaking at a protect the NHS rally, this Saturday (3 February)! It takes place at 11am in Bedford Square, Exeter City Centre. If you are worried (and you should be) about the NHS and how it is struggling, not just this winter, but now all year round, please come and join the throng at Bedford Square this Saturday. Hope to see you there! 

Protect the NHS rally - this Saturday 3 February, 11am, Bedford Square, Exeter - Claire Wright

As covered by the Express & Echo:

NHS protest rally to be held in Exeter City Centre

Organisers say everyone concerned about their health service across Devon is welcome

Tina Crowson Senior Reporter - 23 JAN 2018

The Totnes protest march (Image: Andy Styles)

Hundreds are expected to join a protest rally in Exeter city centre over hospital closures across the county.

The Save Our Hospitals Campaign is holding a meeting in the city on Saturday February 3 which is open to anyone who has concerns about the reorganisation taking place across Devon where four hospitals have already closed while beds have been closed at several more.

Spokesman for the group Mike Dallimore from Brixham where the minor injuries unit has been closed, cited the closure of hospitals at Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey and Ashburton and beds at Paignton Hospital.

He said the group feared Devon would ultimately be left with only two hospitals in Plymouth and Exeter.

It comes as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was understood to be pushing for an extra £100m a week for th NHS in England after Brexit.

The group organised a protest march in Totnes last month which hit the headlines when a mock coffin was left outside the office of Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston covered in posters saying ‘cuts cost lives’ with the figure 120,000 ‘ unnecessary’ deaths.

The protest will start at Bedford Square in Exeter at 11am, said Mr Dallimore.

NHS protest rally to be held in Exeter City Centre - Devon Live

The SOHS campaign is very active in Devon:
Save Our Hospital Services Devon public group | Facebook
SOHS North Devon Save Our Hospital Services

With postings here:
Futures Forum: Care Closer to Home: It's Not Working > new video from Save Our Hospital Services Devon
Futures Forum: 'Care Closer to Home' >>> survey from Save Our Hospital Services >>> Is caring for patients in their own homes working?

Here's the national campaign:
Emergency Demo by HCT/PA - Gower St, Central London-Demo

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