The ‘Keep our St Helier Hospital’ (KOSHH) campaign has been fighting hard to prevent the planned closure and/or downgrading of one or both of Sutton’s hospitals.
In recent months the hospital trust in the area has had to send home sick children to make space for treating adults and has seen queues for an ambulance of up to two hundred people – yet health authorities still plan to close or massively downgrade facilities that are self-evidently vitally important to local communities.
Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people march in London for the NHS’ seventieth ‘birthday’ to protest government treatment of the NHS. This weekend, KOSHH is holding its own march to mark the anniversary and to defend their local hospitals.
When challenged about the plans by a KOSHH campaigner during a visit to St Helier hospital, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ran away – so desperate to escape questions that he entangled his car in the tape marking out his parking spot:
The spineless Hunt needs to be made to hear the message. If you can get there to support the people of Sutton in fighting for their hospitals, the march will start at noon on Saturday 7 July, starting from Manor Park, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4AF.
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