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Cannock Hospital injury unit closure plan an "absolute disgrace"

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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Cannock Chase Labour candidate Janos Toth has branded proposals to close Cannock Hospital's minor injuries unit "an absolute disgrace".

"This is a further blow to Cannock Chase residents following the reduced A&E opening hours at Stafford Hospital," Mr Toth said.

"Cannock Chase residents continue to get a raw deal with reduced NHS services."

He called for a cross-party campaign to prevent the loss of the unit and said that instead the service should be extended,with x-ray machines and other medical equipment added.

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"People in Cannock Chase campaigned for years to have a proper Hospital," he said.

"The Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has got it wrong and this is just about cost cutting.

"At a time when A&E in the local hospitals is at breaking point this will have a detrimental effect on people’s health.

"Cannock Hospital is the jewel in the crown of National Health Service provision in Cannock Chase. Residents in Cannock Chase pay their taxes and national insurance in the same way as anywhere else in the country and should not have to accept second class or reduced NHS provision."

Mr Toth said he would be out and about over the Bank Holiday weekend collecting signatures for a protest petition.

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