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Marchers hand in petition

Published: 17 Dec 2012 12:001 comment

PROTESTERS opposing a controversial shake-up at Heatherwood Hospital marched up Ascot High Street to present NHS bosses with a petition of 23,000 signatures.

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The group - comprising people from across Berkshire - processed from car park six on Saturday down to the hospital, led by an Olympic Torch and slow-beating drum before handing over the paper petition - which addresses the ongoing Shaping the Future consultation.

Terry Pearce, chairman of Defend Our Community Services (DOCS) - one of the groups in the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign - said: "We were very pleased and the day went well. People from a range of local groups, young and old, political, non-political, churches, all united with one aim to save Heatherwood Hospital and all its services."

The proposals are part of officials' Shaping the Future document and they are carrying out a public consultation until January 31, including meetings.

To find out more, pick up a copy of the December 13 edition of the Bracknell or Ascot News, out now.

* Did you attend the march? What do you think of the proposals? Comment below or email news@bracknellnews.co.uk

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  • Gingernutter
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    Dec 17, 15:36
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    The people in power are riding roughshod over the people of Bracknell. There must be defense against the Tory Cats and there private health. Wee ensure that wee have a NHS hospital on the site, with no PFI, privatisation or part privatisation.

    http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/14583/25-05-2012/save-heatherwood-hospital-campaign-yielding-results

    Wee must fight back against the policies of the coalition government which represent a vicious attack on pensions and public services.

    http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/campaign/Local_services/Care_Homes/12284

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