Save Weston Hospital Campaign pose protest for MP

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 September 2013

Protestors met to campaign against private hospital bidders

Protestors met to campaign against private hospital bidders

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WHEN Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt came to Weston earlier this month he was welcomed by a group of protestors.

The group, from the Save Weston Hospital Campaign, were demonstrating against the potential selling of Weston General Hospital to a private company.

On September 13 Jeremy Hunt attended a private lunch at the Royal Hotel with the Weston Conservative Association. He came to the town to open an NHS dental practice.

The campaign group gathered outside the hotel with banners and placards, to welcome the minister on arrival. But they did not manage to put their questions to the minister, who avoided the protestors entirely.

The Save Weston General Hospital Campaign is trying to keep the hospital out of the hands of private sector health companies who may put in a bid.

Dr Richard Lawson, the campaign spokesman and retired GP, said: “We are campaigning for an existing NHS Trust to take over the running of our hospital and for the continuation of a full, 24-hour, A&E service at Weston General.

“We believe that only an NHS organisation would have our local community as its first priority, and put patients before profits.”

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