50 in protest over blood test plan

50 in protest over blood test plan

50 in protest over blood test plan

First published in Echo News
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HEALTH bosses who want to move local blood testing services were confronted by chanting, banner-waving protesters today.

Southend health bosses had to make their way through more than 50 people waving placards and banners as they gathered for a meeting.

The protesters lobbied members of Southend Clinical Commissioning Group on the steps of Southend’s Civic Centre.

They are against the changes to pathology which will see blood tests travel to Bedford for analysis and particularly angry that the hospital uses a private contractor Serco to run its laboratory services.

The rally was organised by Southend Against the Cuts, Southend Trades Union Council, Southend Local Government Unison and Southend Keep Our NHS Public.

The Echo is campaigning to keep blood testing local.

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6:12pm Thu 31 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

Shame there were only 50 where were the rest of the town ?
Shame there were only 50 where were the rest of the town ? jolllyboy
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8:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

heartbeat says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Shame there were only 50 where were the rest of the town ?
Quite probably, like me, they hadn't heard about the planned protest.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Shame there were only 50 where were the rest of the town ?[/p][/quote]Quite probably, like me, they hadn't heard about the planned protest. heartbeat
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10:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Heavenwilkins says...

Lack of pre publicity for the event I would say...shame because it will affect so many of us and is far more important than the air show cancellation.
Sadly also so many people say "I am not into politics" when they cannot see so many aspects of their lives (and often bits they really resent) stem from politics and if we do not take part then we deserve what we get.
Lack of pre publicity for the event I would say...shame because it will affect so many of us and is far more important than the air show cancellation. Sadly also so many people say "I am not into politics" when they cannot see so many aspects of their lives (and often bits they really resent) stem from politics and if we do not take part then we deserve what we get. Heavenwilkins
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10:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Nebs says...

Were the local MP's there, to give their support?
Were the local MP's there, to give their support? Nebs
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7:11am Fri 1 Feb 13

Ian P says...

I wonder what the carbon footprint will look like if this idiotic scheme is implemented? We are under pressure to be 'green' and nothing can possibly be 'greener' than testing the blood on the site where it has been taken from the patient.
I wonder what the carbon footprint will look like if this idiotic scheme is implemented? We are under pressure to be 'green' and nothing can possibly be 'greener' than testing the blood on the site where it has been taken from the patient. Ian P
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