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Marchers plan Chase Farm protest before A&E is closed
Thursday, 05 December 2013
Final call for action: Bill Rogers
HEALTH campaigners will stage a march on Chase Farm Hospital on Saturday in a last-ditch attempt to stop the closure of the accident and emergency unit.
The North East London Council of Action, a coalition of trade unionists, young people and NHS staff, which was set up in 2007 to fight hospital cuts and closures, has organised the march, which will start at the War Memorial at Chase Green, Enfield, at 1pm.
Protesters will walk through Enfield Town before heading to the hospital, in The Ridgeway, Enfield, via Windmill Hill.
NELCA has said it will also be staging a mass picket outside the hospital tomorrow.
Chase Farm’s A&E unit will stop accepting patients on Monday.
Bill Rogers, of NELCA, said: “We want to march on the hospital and we want to try to occupy the A&E department if we can, in order to stop the closure.
“We have been fighting this cause for seven years and we want to go out with a bang.
“We are hoping trade unions and residents will join us on Saturday.”
The hospital’s maternity unit was closed on November 20 and the inpatient paediatric unit will also shut on Monday.
From next week, patients will be told to go to North Middlesex University Hospital, in Sterling Way, Edmonton, or Barnet Hospital, in Wellhouse Lane, High Barnet.
Last month, a plan to occupy Chase Farm in protest at the closures were foiled after police officers and extra security barred demonstrators from entering the buildings.
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