News and Support from The NASUWT
A group of about 4 to 5 hundred people protested at Bedford South Wing Hospital in a campaign to reinstate children’s services at The Riverbank Ward. The protest attracted many parents from the local community who are angry at the removal of services.
Members of Unison were present, many acting as stewards. Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, was there, demonstrating his support for retaining services in Bedford. Also present was Patrick Hall, former MP and Labour candidate at the next General Election.
Members of The North Beds NASUWT were at the protest, to show their support for children and parents affected by the closure of The Riverbank Ward.
The organisers of the protest said that this was the first, but not the last, protest until services are returned to Bedford.
The protest attracted media coverage, some of which can be viewed at:
The facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/436773756420383/
The Riverbank Foundation website can be found at http://www.theriverbankfoundation.org/
The e-petition is at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52745
Beds On Sunday slide show can be viewed at http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/LIVE-Protestors-demonstrate-outside-Bedford-Hospital-over-childrens-ward-closure-20130726130000.htm