I blogged earlier about the continued assault on staff at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust – now it appears the South Tees Trust is planning to get in on the act. Please check post on North Tees and write to them to oppose it, and write to South Tees at public.relations@stees.nhs.uk to do the same. We have to fight for our NHS and for those who work in it!

NHS FightBack

Mark Blackwood 31/10/12

Latest reports indicate that the total number of Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments facing the axe nationally has risen to 32.

As well as closures already announced in London, Manchester and Lancashire, Frenchay hospital in Bristol have just announced the closure of A&Es and in Maidstone, Kent, emergency cases are now being sent on a 14 mile half hour journey to Tunbridge Wells. A similar fate awaits the major trauma cases in Cheltenham, which will have to be taken to Bristol or Gloucester.

In East Sussex either Eastbourne General Hospital or Hastings Conquest Hospital in Hastings will be closed, meaning an additional 21 miles along mainly minor roads for treatment.

On 26 October the Royal Bolton Hospital announced its intention to axe some 300 National Health Service posts. The announcement coincided with decision to slash around 500 jobs at Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust. On the…

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