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Support Bedford Hospital

THERE IS STILL TIME TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR BEDFORD HOSPITAL

Following on from the launch of the Support Bedford Hospital website petition, there will be a petition signing session this Saturday, in Silver Street, Bedford, from 11am onwards.

 

Under NHS proposals known as ‘Healthier Together’, five of the region’s hospitals are exploring ways of joining-up their services to reduce costs. The scale of the proposed changes, such as having only a midwife-led maternity unit here in Bedford, has led the Borough’s political leaders to put aside their differences.

 

This weekend, Bedford Borough’s political groups will be united in a clarion-call for Bedford Hospital to be protected.

 

October saw the launch of a widely-supported petition, which underlines the depth of opposition to any plans to downgrade Bedford Hospital.

 

In a final big push before it closes on Wednesday December 19th, the Mayor and leaders of all four political groups will be in the town centre, this Saturday, talking to residents and encouraging them to sign the petition. For those not out Christmas shopping, it can be signed online at www.bedford.gov.uk/supportbedfordhospital

 

In a joint statement Mayor Dave Hodgson and Councillors Sue Oliver, David Sawyer, Stephen Moon and Pat Olney - said:

“Our Borough is united in its commitment to Bedford Hospital, which provides so many important and valued services to our residents. Some parts of the government and NHS may feel these ‘Healthier Together’ proposals are appropriate, but there remain big questions about whether they meet our communities’ real needs. When we speak as one, our voices are that much louder, and that is why this week, we will be standing side-by side – we are stronger together.”

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