Pressure Group Stages Protests Against Stepping Hill Cuts

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Protests have been staged outside Stepping Hill Hospital against cuts which could see jobs losses and ward closures.

Pressure group Stockport NHS Watch were responding to news that up to 410 jobs are at risk along with the closure of Ward B3 in an attempt to recoup a £40m budget deficit.

Raymond Tallis, a retired professor of medicine at Manchester University explained the reasons behind the group’s planned four protests to be staged on consecutive Mondays: “We admire the hospital enormously, it is a great hospital.
“The protest is about a cut in services that is not driven by a reduction in need or demand but by the deficit Stepping Hill has accumulated because of Tory cuts.

Stretched

“There will be two effects. One is it will be more difficult for patients to get the care they need and two is the other wards, already under huge pressure, will be more stretched.
A public meeting about the issue has been provisionally scheduled for September 29 at Stockport Art Gallery from 7.30pm.

Challenges

A spokesman for the hospital said: “In common with many other NHS trusts, we are facing severe financial challenges.
“These difficult decisions have not been taken lightly, but it is essential that we proactively manage our financial situation and ensure long term sustainability.