1/16/2007

Norfolk Lib Dems rally to support cottage hospitals.

Norfolk Lib Dems today handed in an 8,000-name "Hands Off Our Hospitals" petition to Downing Street in response to plans to close community hospitals across Norfolk.

Newly selected target seat candidates April Pond from Broadland, and Simon Wright from Norwich South were joined by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, who is also the Lib Dems shadow health secretary.

Broadland campaigner April Pond made clear that if these closures went ahead they would leave a “gaping hole in health care in Norfolk. The financial reasons for closures do not stack-up unless a much poorer, patchy service is the alternative, and we do not want this for Norfolk."

Norman Lamb stressed that it was unlikely the government would change its mind but the rally and petition at the very least highlighted the growing state of anxiety, across the country and not just the county, about the possible closures.“The brutal truth is that there are threatened closures all over the place,” he added.

Norfolk Liberal Democrats have been campaigning across North Norfolk, the worst affected constituency affected by the cuts, but also in South Norfolk, Norwich South and Broadland. This also affects the council wards covering Fakenham, currently represented by Simon Wright and Nich Starling (aka Norfolk Blogger), because cuts are proposed to Cranmer House in Fakenham.

1 comment:

Ellee said...

I suspect this is just the beginning. Any remaining staff could be told their departments are being reorganised and they have to reapply for their job at less pay, that's been happening in Huntingdon.

How long did it take to collect that number of signatures, btw?

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