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‘The fight’s still on’: Candlelit vigil campaigners vow to battle ‘irresponsible’ Trafford Hospital cuts

By James McLaughlin

Protesters marched in Urmston last night to mark the end of the public consultation on Trafford General Hospital’s future.

The procession was organised by the ‘Save Trafford General’ Campaign who vow to continue fighting against what they call ‘dangerous and irresponsible cuts’.

“The fight’s still on and it’s our hospital,” Campaign co-ordinator Jo Harding said.

“12,500 signatures on the petition – the people of Trafford say ‘No, hands off our A & E’.”

Approximately 50 people turned out in the rain to show their opposition to the proposals and Campaign Chair Matthew Finnegan slammed the consultation as an ‘absolute shambles and a disgrace’.

“They’ve treated local people with total contempt and barely disguised it at times. It’s unforgivable,” he said.

“We’re not going to let this hospital be downgraded and lose its vital services without one hell of a fight.”

Christened as the first NHS Hospital in 1948, Trafford General was the focus of public consultation this summer amid concerns over the sustainability of the hospital.

The proposals – ‘A New Health Deal for Trafford’ – identify the hospital’s Accident & Emergency, acute surgery, intensive care and children’s services as under threat.

Public responses will now be reviewed with a decision expected in January 2013.

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