7 August 2014
Since mid July there has been around 40 tents pitched outside Stafford Hospital as part of the #OccupySSH protest camp fighting the threat of closure and downgrading of major services including A&E, maternity, and paediatrics at the Weston Road site. Sixty beds also face the axe due to low staffing levels.
One local newspaper reported the solidarity and support from local residents for the campaigners, saying, “Like-minded local supporters bring them bacon and egg butties and steaming trays of chilli con carne and spaghetti bolognese, as well toys for the children, extra comfy camping equipment and offers of washing their clothes.”
The campaigners are preparing to host members of other NHS protest groups from across the country on Saturday 9 August, urging people to join them at 4pm for a solidarity barbecue.
For more details of the campaign see the website
Those wishing to either attend or support the event can get in touch using the hash tag #NHSGroupsUnited. Those wishing to join camp for the weekend are also very welcome.