Campaigners Oppose Pennine Hospital Job Cuts


The Pennine NHS Trust has proposed to cut up to 1,200 jobs in local hospitals. The Trust runs Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester Hospitals.

Local campaigners have joined together to "Keep Our NHS Public". They are opposing these cuts and will be demonstrating on Saturday 24th June, at 11.30, at Victoria Station.

Karen Reissmann, UNISON Health Service Executive member, said that :

"The NHS faces massive cuts in jobs. Accident and Emergency services may have to close. Mental health is in crisis. Altrincham Hospital wards have just closed. Maternity and baby care is under threat in Bury and Salford.

"These cuts and job losses will devastate health services. The government could easily afford to pay the current NHS debt, which is less than 1% of its total budget. This is a direct result of their privatisation policies.

"We demand that the Government gives the NHS the money and keeps our NHS public."




June 2006

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