HOSPITAL campaigners have called for 'one last big push' this weekend as the consultation period on the Stafford Hospital plans comes to a close.
Support Stafford Hospital's Sue Hawkins urged the people of Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley, Stone and the surrounding areas to 'come out in force' for this weekend's march and show their opposition to administrators' proposals to strip Stafford Hospital of maternity, in-patient paediatrics, emergency surgery and to downgrade critical care.
"We need one last big push as the TSA consultation period draws to a close," she said. "Something to show the powers that be and the national media that we stand together, united, as a community.
"This campaign has seen 50,000 march and over 54, 000 sign a petition in support of the retention of acute services at Stafford Hospital.
"We have seen our community unite over a common goal."
She said as standards at Stafford Hospital improved and the confidence of the public grew, referrals were increasing.
"This administration process has left many feeling battle weary and many feeling that the individual doesn't matter," said Mrs Hawkins.
"So to our community we say: we must believe we can make a difference; we do matter, each and everyone of us and we must stand up for what we believe in - the retention of acute services at Stafford Hospital."
The march starts at 2pm from Stafford's market square and ends on the field outside Stafford Hospital where a host of activities have been arranged to keep the crowds happy including fairground rides, bouncy castles, slides, face-painting, a teddy bear’s picnics for the youngest and a live DJ and music for the teenagers.