The Isle of Wight Stop the Cuts Alliance continuing campaign to preserve and improve public services begins a new chapter on Wednesday 30 March 2011.
Under the slogan of “Stop the Cuts – Heal the Island? the Alliance are holding a mass public meeting to discuss what action to take in defence of the Isle of Wight?s beleaguered NHS. With the prospect of over 600 job losses and major changes to both hospital and residential care provision it is time for Island residents to act to save our health services.
Alliance spokesperson, Geoff Mason, said “Island residents were brilliant in their response to the Council?s swingeing cuts budget – they really showed that „people power? could make a difference – the council could not ignore the public outcry and had to make many concessions which councillors never thought they would have to! Now it?s time for Islanders to step forward again, this time in defence of our great National Health Service – we can make a difference and ensure that we retain a health service that is the envy of the rest of the world.”
The meeting, set to commence at 7.15pm, will be held at the Riverside Centre in Newport, scene of the public meeting in January which saw the birth of the Alliance. Guest speakers from the Island?s Patient?s Council, the UNISON IOW healthcare branch and residential care establishments will address the meeting before discussion and debate is invited from those members of the public present.
The Alliance is continuing its campaign against cuts across all public services and will not lose sight of the damage being done to the Island by the recent Tory cuts budget – the council still remain under close scrutiny and continued public pressure.