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Members of Bakewell branch were joined by comrades from across Derbyshire to raise awareness of Tory closure plan for Newholme Hospital. Together with the grassroots Save Newholme Hospital Campaign, County Council candidates, Helen Swift, Martin Rutter and Tom Barker raised the issue, marching around a packed Bakewell on market day, 10April. At the head of the procession, branch member Maggie Ford carried a skeleton-clad stretcher, highlighting the threat to our local hospital and NHS services in general. The march culminated with a rousing performance from members of Bakewell Community Choir and Wirksworth Raise Your Voices, led by Lester Simpson.
Newholme Hospital is a vital community Hospital, providing specialist dementia support, respite care, physiotherapist and outpatient clinics. As Bakewell has the second highest number of came beds in the country (second only to Eastbourne), these services are a vital lifeline for many. Branch members and candidates were keen to support the campaign and to help keep Newholme Hospital open. Members distributed hundreds of leaflets featuring stories from the local recipients of the excellent care offered by Newholme Hospital. Please lend the Save Newholme Hospital Campaign your support and find them on Facebook @Save Newholme Hospital.
(Bakewell County Council Candidate)
Bakewell & the Peaks branch organised this great event at Bakewell’s Monday Market, with a demonstration opposing the closure of Newholme Hospital and further cuts to our NHS.
After the walk an impressive forty voice choir sang down by the river it was conducted by Lester Simpson of Cooper, Boyes and Simpson fame.
This was also the start of our County Council election campaign with three of our local candidates present-Helen Swift, Martin Rutter & Tom Barker.
It was good to get such a warm response from the public- which shows that when Labour have something to say which resonates with the public we do get a hearing.
The event was filmed by Paul Morgans and introduced by Maggie Ford, both members of our local branch.
Chair of Bakewell Branch