Devon’s NHS demonstrators will take to the streets for April Fool’s Day
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 March 2017
Campaigners against health cuts aim to draw ‘red lines’ around hospitals in North, East and South Devon
Health campaigners are drawing red lines around the region’s hospitals again on Saturday with a county wide ‘You Can’t Fool Us’ day.
Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) Devon is calling on people to wear red and attend public protests at major hospitals right across the county.
They will be demonstrating against the fear of cuts to services under the looming NHS England Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
The NHS says savings of £550million must be made in Devon, but campaigners say if cuts go ahead people could die.
The red line theme comes from the now notorious quote by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust chief executive Dr Alison Diamond, who said there would be ‘no red lines’ when it came to health services.
People are asked to wear red, bring their banners and prove there are ‘no red lines’.
They begin in Ilfracombe at 10am, assembling at the Candar to march through the High Street to the Tyrrell Hospital.
Another protest will be taking place outside Torrington Hospital at the same time.
In Bideford, people are asked to assemble at the Arts Centre at 11am for a march through town.
South Molton will see people assemble at 9.45am in the main car park for a march to the hospital.
Finally in Barnstaple, assembly is at Pilton Park at 12.30pm for a march up to North Devon District Hospital for 1pm.
Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) campaigners say they ‘will hold the red line’ to make the point clear to local health service managers, councillors and MPs.
Other protests will be held at Exeter’s Whipton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Seaton and Torbay.