Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sign Rugby Labour's online petition to protect St Cross Hospital

Sign the online petition here.

I'll be joining Rugby Labour members on Saturday in Rugby town centre to ask for support for our petition. Here is a press release we issued today to local media. I was interviewed about this by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.


Rugby Labour launch campaign in town centre as Birch Ward closure approaches

· Public to be asked to sign petition calling for reversal of decision to close Birch Ward
· Party demands confirmation of long-term commitment to St Cross Hospital
· Activists in Town Centre on Saturday 26 November from 10.00am - 1.00pm

Rugby Labour members will be in Rugby's streets from 10.00am - 1.00pm on Saturday 26 November asking people to sign a petition calling on University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) to reverse its decision to close Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross from 30 November. Rugby's Labour councillors have already taken the political lead by demanding that the Chief Executive of UHCW carries out a full consultation on any changes to services in Rugby.

Paul Castle, Vice-Chair of Rugby Constituency Labour Party said:

“We in Rugby Labour Party share the deep concern of the community about the closure of Birch Ward. We’ll be on the streets asking the public to support our petition calling for the decision to be reversed and for a commitment from the NHS Trust to the long-term viability of the hospital. The entire town is worried that this decision is just the thin end of the wedge, but it’s the vulnerable, those reliant on transport and older people who would suffer most if services at St Cross were threatened once again. The people of Rugby must unite against this reckless policy.”

Notes to editors:

1) The campaigning will start at or around the Clock Tower at 10.00am.
2) For further information please see
3) The petition reads:
"We the undersigned wish to protect the future of St. Cross Hospital and the services it provides to the local community. We condemn the decision of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust to close Birch Ward at the Hospital of St. Cross and petition that this decision be reversed and the long-term future of the hospital be unconditionally confirmed."
4) For more information please contact John Slinger at

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