Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Harwich/Clacton: People urged to join maternity unit demonstration

17:47 28 March 2014

Essex

EADT News

Opening of the new Hospital at Harwich.
PCT Chairman Brian Davis and Hospital Matron Jay Douglas recieve the keys from Mike Andrews from Realise Health Ltd.

Photograph James Fletcher

13/12/05

Essex EADT News Opening of the new Hospital at Harwich. PCT Chairman Brian Davis and Hospital Matron Jay Douglas recieve the keys from Mike Andrews from Realise Health Ltd. Photograph James Fletcher 13/12/05

An 11th-hour appeal has been made for demonstrators to join a protest march.

shares

Harwich councillor Ivan Henderson has organised a march this morning in support of the maternity unit at the town’s Fryatt Hospital over fears it may close.

Demonstrators meet at Cliff Park, off Main Road, Dovercourt, at 10am today for a march to the hospital.

Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust (CHUFT) which runs the hospital has temporarily closed the unit, and one at Clacton District Hospital, due to a shortage of midwives at Colchester General Hospital.

The short-term closure, which does not affect ante- or post-natal services, allows staff to be focused at the main site with expectant mums in Tendring forced to travel to Colchester during the interim period to give birth.

But 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. Clacton councillors Danny Mayzes and Chris Griffiths have urged residents from their town to join today’s march in a call to arms.

Mr Mayzes said: “Just because this is taking place in Harwich, I still expect people to turn up from Clacton and indeed all over Tendring to show we ‘Support Our Baby Services’.

“This is just the first of many events which will place pressure on CHUFT to review their decision - Mr Griffiths and I hope to plan a similar march in Clacton.”

In a statement the trust apologised to affected families and said the decision, based on effective use of resources, was set to be reviewed on June 12.

A permanent change would legally need a public consultation.

shares

0 comments

Mark Bee and his deputy Lisa Chambers at Endeavour House in Ipswich after they saw off last year's challenge to their leadership.

Conservative councillor Mark Bee is to step down as leader of Suffolk County Council after four years in the role.

Voting isn't the only form of political engagement

The ideological machine that is meant to serve us has gone wrong and is tyrannising us, but that doesn’t mean we should boycott the ballot box

Suffolk has an ageing population - but can we cope?

Dramatic increases in the average age of people in Suffolk have been highlighted in a report which reveals that in some areas nearly one in 10 are expected to be aged 85 or over in the next two decades.

Damage to overhead wires between Diss and Stowmarket - photo courtesy of Greater Anglia

Rail users face an afternoon and evening of severe delays on routes between Norwich and London, after high winds caused damage to overhead power lines between Stowmarket and Diss.

There is the potential for sweeping changes at Braintree District Council come election day – though in practice that is unlikely to happen.

Klaudia Sokolowska

Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl in Felixstowe who has gone missing for the third time in three months.

Hunting for eggs

Will you be feeding the newborn lambs at The Museum of East Anglian Life, trying your hand at archery at Ickworth House or hunting eggs at The Middy’s Steam up this weekend?

Princess Anne meets Livability Treetops Service Manager Janet Bilton during her visit to Livability Treetops in Colchester on Tuesday.

The Princess Royal flew in to Colchester today as part of her work supporting a disability charity.

Firefighters were called to the house fire

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Stowmarket this afternoon.

Fears over future of probation service in Suffolk and elsewhere in East Anglia

Criminals jailed for up to a year could be supervised over the phone and use kiosks to report to the probation service electronically once they are released back in the community.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages