NHS group meets today

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WORRIED patients, members of the public and healthcare workers are being invited to join the fight against cuts and changes in the NHS by joining a new focus group set up in Sheffield.

The Save The NHS group meets tonight at The Rutland Arms hotel in Broomhill, Sheffield, from 7pm to 9.30pm to discuss its next move.

Members are protesting against national measures, such as those which will see the work of primary care trusts transferred to GP consortiums, as well as specific local issues such as the proposed closure of Woodland View and Birch Avenue specialist dementia care homes, and the scrapping of a host of pain management services such as acupuncture, cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnotherapy.

A spokesman for the group said: “There are a number of issues we are concerned about. We want to support people in their individual campaigns, and find out how we can help them, at the same time as conducting a more general campaign against cuts and changes as a whole.”