Concern over hospital plans as hundreds sign cuts petition

Labour candidate Andy Sawford and concerned members of the public

Labour candidate Andy Sawford and concerned members of the public

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More than 1,500 concerned people have signed a petition to save services at Kettering General Hospital as fears over cuts grow.

In response to the Healthier Together Proposals which will see big changes at five hospitals in the region, Labour’s by-election candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire launched a Save our Hospital campaign and petition last week. He said: “I think to have this many people sign it within a week shows the level of concern.

“It has been signed by people across the constituency and of all parties.

“We need to build this into a community campaign so it shows the decision-makers the strength of local feeling.”

At Labour’s National Conference in Manchester earlier this week, Mr Sawford also spoke about the potential cuts.

The Healthier Together proposals could see A&E and maternity services at two hospitals out of Kettering, Northampton, Luton, Milton Keynes or Bedford downgraded.

The project’s leaders have said no decisions on locations have yet been decided, but Mr Sawford is demanding full details.