In the wake of Saturday's mass rally which sent out a defiant message of "hands off our NHS", the people of Bolton are being encouraged to sign a petition that is hoped will save the town's A&E department.
The hour long demonstration, attended by over 250 people ranging from hospital staff and union members, was held in Cheadle Square on Saturday after Bolton NHS Foundation Trust announced 500 jobs could be lost as it tries to save £38 million in the next two years.
It is all part of the 'Healthier Together' review by NHS Greater Manchester, which has looked into the area's healthcare programme. The review isn't set to go to public consultation until the spring, but, already, more than 14,000 people have signed a petition calling for it to be thrown out.
If you'd like to get involved, the first step is to sign the petition. If you have done so, circulate it, make others aware, and get as many signatures on it as possible, which can be done by having it in the workplace or at a gathering.
The closure of A&E here, and at the other proposed sites, including Fairfield, Trafford, Wigan and Rochdale, will mean the nearest A&E department will be at Hope Hospital in Salford, which is not only hugely inconvenient, but also means the time afforded by life-threatening illness won't be enough, but also overcrowding, lack of beds, and staff, etc.
For more information on the campaign, and how you could help, visit the Save Bolton A&E Website.
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