Hundreds sign up to help save hospital ward at St Cross

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MORE than 1,000 signatures have been added to a petition calling for Birch Ward at St Cross to be re-opened.

The ward is the last remaining general care unit at St Cross which shuts tomorrow. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) were forced to shut the ward due to financial reasons.

The petition has been organised by Rugby Labour Party, who will present the petition to Andy Hardy, chief executive of UHCW.

John Slinger, of Rugby Labour Party, said: “Rugby Labour members today stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Rugby against the closure of Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross.

“That we collected over 1,000 signatures in just three hours shows that the community is deeply concerned about the closure of Birch Ward and wishes to see a long-term future for St Cross Hospital.”

The group has also asked for a consultation on the decision.”

Paul Castle, vice-chairman of Rugby Constituency Labour Party, said: “We share the deep concern of the community about the closure of Birch Ward.

“We’ll be on the streets asking the public to support our petition calling for the decision to be reversed and for a commitment from the NHS to the long-term viability of the hospital.

“The entire town is worried that this decision is just the thin end of the wedge, but it’s the vulnerable, those reliant on transport and older people who will suffer most.

“The people of Rugby must unite against this reckless policy.”