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Stafford Hospital protest camp to host Midlands Today live broadcast

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

Campaigners camp out at Stafford Hospital

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The Support Stafford Hospital campaign is stepping up a gear again today with BBC Midlands Today planing to broadcast its programme live from the new protest camp this evening.

An outside broadcast team is due to arrive at the site - which has seen more protesters and their tents arriving during the day - at around 5.30pm and the live broadcast starts at 6.30pm.

Protesters moved onto the hospital grounds on Friday to stage a "visible protest" against a planed shake-up of services and to show show support for  hospital staff. Campaigners say the dissolution of the Mid Staffs NHS will put lives at  risk by moving crucial services, such as maternity, out of Stafford.

Support Stafford Hospital campaigners are planning a summer of protests at the hospital site. More than 30 hardy campaigners protesting at plans to move NHS services out of Stafford braved thunderstorms and soaring temperatures at a protest camp outside the hospital, after around 100 turned out to support the start of the camp on Friday.

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They have set up Support Stafford Hospital banners and a giant placard saying "Here to stay - TSA go away". And campaigner Julian Porter said they were considering staying put for the whole summer.

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  • Jo1951  |  July 21 2014, 7:53PM

    With respect, this isn't a "shake up" of services, this is the TOTAL LOSS of childrens ward, SCBU, and Consultant led Maternity and Obstectric services amongst other losses. This is why we fight, It cannot be safe or practical to have young babies and sick children, and women in difficult labour travelling miles to either Stoke or Wolverhampton (or elsewhere) at all hours, in an emergency. We NEED our acute services LOCALLY.

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  • Andy54  |  July 21 2014, 7:22PM

    What do you mean by shake up of services, they are being transferred at a huge expense to another hospital that can't cope with what they have now. It is so unsafe to do so but when money is to be made who cares about safety. The TSA have deliberately run our hospital down and then used their actions as the reason for transferring services even calling in the inspectors to report on their own deliberate failings. You couldn't make it up.

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