National campaigner joins fight to save hospital services in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech

Steven Carne.

Steven Carne. - Credit: Archant

A leading member of a national campaign team is hosting a public meeting in response to the outcry about proposed cuts in hospital services at Ely, Doddington and Wisbech.

Steven Carne, from Sutton, helped organise the 300 mile People’s March for the NHS into London in 2014.

He said he was so impressed with the strength of local feeling at recent public events that he was inspired to call a meeting so local people could continue to air their concerns and find out more about the national NHS picture which is affecting hospital and clinical services across the country.

Steve said: “It was fascinating reading local paper web sites and seeing the angry comments on Facebook and Twitter social media.

“I was convinced the time was right to call a public meeting because local people are right to be upset at the idea of closing the vital intermediate care beds across Cambridgeshire.

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“It makes no sense.”

Steven is joined by fellow Ely NHS campaigners Margaret Ridley and Jane Howell who have been campaigning for many years with Keep Our NHS Public and Hands Off Hinchingbrooke.

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The meeting will focus on the current NHS England sustainability and transformation plans which CCGs are been forced to make across the country.

These will outline radical changes to the NHS including reducing the number of A&Es, local hospital services and will rely on more local council involvement.

He said: “People are right to be scared by changes that are leading to longer ambulance journeys, cancelled appointments and restrictions in treatment.”

• The meeting is on Thursday October 13 from 5pm to 7pm at Ely Library. For more information

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