Wednesday, September 27, 2006

McCartney adds voice to hospital campaign

The 64-year-old former Beatle sent a message of support, saying it would be a "real shame" if vital services were cut back at the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, East Sussex.

Sir Paul, who has a country estate in nearby Peasmarsh, near Rye, said: "Any cutback in medical services for this and any other region is a real shame."These are services for the people of the area and I for one support the efforts of the people who are trying to make sure that these closures don't happen." Last week,
more than 7,000 people marched along Hastings seafront in support of maintaining services such as Accident and Emergency and maternity at the hospital.

The rally was held as it emerged that more than 37,000 people have signed petitions backing the Hands Off The Conquest campaign.Friends of the Conquest Hospital secretary Margaret Williams said Sir Paul's endorsement of their efforts has lifted spirits.She said: "Having an endorsement from someone like Sir Paul really lifts the profile of the campaign."


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