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Protest at Bolton hospital over plans to cut beds

April 19, 2017

 

 

Campaigners assembled at the Royal Bolton hospital grounds on Wednesday morning demanding a stop to plans that will reduce the number of beds at the hospital.

 

The campaign group Save our Bolton NHS launched a protest at Bolton hospital after it was revealed that up to 50 beds may be lost at the hospital in a bid to downsize the current operation.

 

The proposed plan to downsize the hospital and cut beds comes as part of a wider scope to reform the NHS and implement £22 billion pounds worth of cuts set out by the government.

 

Campaigner Shana Begum said, "The worry is that the cuts will impact services at the hospital, leading to fewer beds, fewer referrals, longer waiting lists and ultimately putting lives at risk and reducing the quality of patient care."

 

Bolton NHS trust declared a Black alert status in December 2016. A Black alert status is declared when a hospital runs out of beds and cannot guarantee the delivery of life-saving emergency care.  The campaign group raised concerns that this kind of incident will increase if the cuts go ahead.

 

The downsizing of the hospital will result in patients being diverted to other hospitals such as Wigan and Salford.

Some services have already been privatised at the hospital in recent months as part of the restructure.

 

Save our Bolton NHS have vowed to return to the hospital to protest every Wednesday until further notice and are urging people to join them.

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