Essex protestors march against NHS cuts and hospitals merger plans
PUBLISHED: 18:11 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2018
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Almost 200 campaigners marched through Chelmsford city centre to protest against plans to merge three Essex hospitals.
The demonstration took place on Saturday and participants were also there to speak out against further cuts to NHS services in the county.
A public consultation is currently underway about proposals to merge Broomfield, Southend and Basildon hospitals. If the green light is given, the trusts will start working as a single organisation by April 2019.
Andy Abbott, campaign coordinator for Defend Our NHS Chelmsford, said: “Our NHS is not failing, but it is being failed by this government’s underfunding. We sent out a clear message on Saturday: no cuts; no privatisation; no merger.”
During the rally, protestors were addressed by Liberal Democrats councillor Stephen Robinson and Clive Perrett for the Labour Party.
Dr Shan Newhouse, a retired GP, spoke on behalf of Support the NHS Halstead.