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The fight is not over! Campaigners hold latest protest in bid to save healthcare services

PUBLISHED: 12:55 28 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:17 28 April 2019

Campaigners took to the streets of Beccles in their latest protest to save All Hallows Healthcare services. Picture: Submitted

Campaigners took to the streets of Beccles in their latest protest to save All Hallows Healthcare services. Picture: Submitted

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The fight is not over!

Campaigners took to the streets of Beccles in their latest protest to save All Hallows Healthcare services. Byline: Sonya DuncanCampaigners took to the streets of Beccles in their latest protest to save All Hallows Healthcare services. Byline: Sonya Duncan

That was the message from campaigners who took to the streets of Beccles on Saturday in what was the latest of a number of protests to save the All Hallows Healthcare Trust.

Last month it was announced the healthcare services in Ditchingham, near Bungay, would close due to financial difficulties, but since then two out of five of All Hallows services have been taken over.

There are however doubts which remain over the future of the hospital.

Members of the 'Save All Hallows!' campaign group gathered in the market town on Saturday afternoon as their fight to save the Ditchingham's healthcare services rumbled on.

All Hallows Healthcare Hospital, Ditchingham. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodAll Hallows Healthcare Hospital, Ditchingham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jaime Larter, 40, who helped to set up the group said the protest went well.

“There was about 30 of us who turned out despite the weather,” she said.

“Although we haven't been able to save the hospital and get the result we all wanted we will keep working.”

A number of heartbroken families have already moved their relatives out of the trust and on Thursday it was announced the residents of the nursing home in Bungay will be moved across to Norfolk-based NorseCare.

Nightingale Homecare - which are also based in Norfolk, will take over All Hallows homecare services.

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The potential transfer of the hospital remains under discussion.

A number of protests have been held across the last two weeks which have included a handholding event at All Hallows hospital and a slow walk from Ditchingham to Buttercross.

“We really appreciate all the support we have received so far,” Mrs Larter said.

“The campaign has brought the community together which has been great to see.”

Speaking on Thursday, John Chapman chair of the All Hallows trustees, said: “I am pleased that there will be continuity of care for 90pc of the people All Hallows currently cares for, and we are continuing to seek this for all.

“Preserving the high quality care we are known for has been a priority for us since we first announced the likelihood of the need for All Hallows to close.”

Mrs Larter said there were no plans to hold anymore protests across the next couple of weeks.

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