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HUNDREDS of anxious residents have signed our petition to save maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

HUNDREDS of anxious residents have signed our petition to save maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

Since we began the campaign against the changes, we’ve been inundated with petition slips, that locals have brought in to our High Street shop or returned by post.

Earlier this week, we counted almost 200 slips and around 700 signatures - with more arriving in the past few days.

In many cases, whole families had registered their support, while others had visited neighbours to get their backing.

Campaigner Don Bargery, who battled to keep services ten years ago, was among those to drop in.

He warned that repeated cuts could reduce Solihull to a “cottage hospital” and hoped that people would make their feelings known.

At a meeting last week, health bosses revealed that the unit would be shutting completely for a three month period - giving staff time to retrain.

Heartland of England NHS Foundation Trust said that the temporary move to a midwife- led unit, ensured that the hospital keeps within safety guidelines.

Bosses have pledged that there will be no permanent changes until after a formal consultation, due later this year.

* If you’d like to get behind our campaign then return the petition slip to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX. We’ll pass all signatures to hospital boss Mark Goldman.

 

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