Health campaigners are set to take to the streets of Hull City Centre this Saturday to hi light to the public the £99 million worth of cuts to Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust which local consultants say will see patient care “critically eroded” across the region.
Patrick Smith, Co Chair of the Save Our Local NHS Hull and East Yorkshire said, “We will be involved in a stunt to bring attention to these cuts as well as collecting signatures for a petition to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, already 6,000 strong, calling for a rebate to protect vital front line services as ten wards and 300 acute beds face the axe.” Details of the stunt will be revealed on the day.
The Campaign held a 500 strong mass march in September and as well as lobbying politicians and the Trust, the group are aiming to ratchet up the pressure on the Health Secretary. “The people of this area face over £1/4 billion in cuts from this Government when you take into account the money being clawed back across the board. David Cameron told us in 2010 that there would be no NHS cuts and that frontline services would be protected. The public are angry and simply want to hold him account on these broken promises”, concluded Mr. Smith.
The protest will take place on Saturday 12 mid day starting in Victoria Square.