Sunday, 27 November 2011

Over 1,000 signatures colllected by Rugby Labour against hospital ward closure

Yesterday, a campaign I've helped organise took to the streets of Rugby to fight the closure of Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross. Together we collected over 1,000 signatures in less than three hours for our petition demanding that the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust reverse its decision to close Birch Ward on Wednesday 30 November and commit to the long-term viability of the hospital.

Below is an update press release sent yesterday.

BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire interviewed me live yesterday after the 8.00am news (at 2h09m05s) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00lng6y/Trish_Adudu_26_11_2011/ and the story appeared in news bulletins throughout the day - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00lng70/Malcolm_Boyden_on_BBC_CandW_26_11_2011/.

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****UPDATE ON RUGBY LABOUR COLLECTING SIGNATURES AGAINST BIRCH WARD CLOSURE IN RUGBY TOWN CENTRE, SAT 26 NOV****

Rugby Labour Party members were out in force this morning in Rugby town centre collecting signatures for their petition against the closure of Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross, which is happening on 30 November.

They collected over 1,000 signatures from concerned members of the Rugby community in just three hours, indicating the strength of feeling in the town about this cut to local services.

The signatures will be delivered to Andy Hardy, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Said local Rugby Labour Party member John Slinger:

"Rugby Labour members today stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Rugby against the closure of Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross. That we collected over 1,000 signatures in just three hours shows that the community is deeply concerned about the closure of Birch Ward and wishes to see a long-term future for St Cross Hospital."

For more information, please contact John Slinger -  johnslinger1@gmail.com.
More information at www.rugbylabour.org
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