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Harwich: Protesters take to streets over future of maternity units

PUBLISHED: 13:17 29 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:17 29 March 2014

The protest march in Dovercourt campaigning against the closure of maternity serviices. L-R: Georgina Valentine (12), Juliet Willis and Elizabeth Willis (10).

The protest march in Dovercourt campaigning against the closure of maternity serviices. L-R: Georgina Valentine (12), Juliet Willis and Elizabeth Willis (10).

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Dozens of people have marched protesting against fears two hospital maternity wards may close.

The march took place in Dovercourt this morning over the future of the maternity units in Harwich and Clacton.

The board of directors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs all maternity services in north east Essex, said the closures were on a “temporary basis”.

The trust has closed the units due to a shortage of midwives at Colchester General Hospital.

But a hospital statement said mothers would still be able to access antenatal and postnatal care at both hospitals - the Fryatt Hospital in Harwich and Clacton District Hospital - seven days a week.

Campaigners fear the move is a stepping stone towards permanent closure of the units, a proposal which was made by the health trust last year but shelved after opposition.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A hugely popular Suffolk band competition which champions new musical talent will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

A celebrity hairdresser visited West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds to give a masterclass to students and answer questions on the industry.

Firefighters tackled a two-car blaze in Haverhill after a suspect was seen setting one alight by a member of the public.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Staff and students at Colchester Academy are celebrating their success after the school received its first ever ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

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