Politician campaigns against hospital cuts

Friday, 20 October, 2006

Conservative politicians got on their soapbox to muster support to save accident and emergency services at West Suffolk Hospital on Saturday.

MP David Ruffley and his team took to the streets in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket to ask shoppers what they wanted for the cash-strapped hospital.

Mr Ruffley said: "We have to demonstrate to those bean counters at the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) who think they can cover up their own mistakes and mismanagement by cutting services."
A petition to save health services at the hospital attracted more than 1,200 signatures thanks to the stand on Angel Hill.

Health services throughout the region are currently being inspected in a review by the SHA, which could lead to existing emergency services being axed at West Suffolk Hospital in their present form.