Marchers hand in petition
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.
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.
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This article appeared in Bracknell News 17 Dec 12
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Dec 17, 15:36
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.
Wee must fight back against the policies of the coalition government which represent a vicious attack on pensions and public services.
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