Protest held in Kirkby over planned changes to Ashfield Health Village

A protest took place in Kirkby on Satursday to raise the planne changes to the Health Village picture shows protesters and members of the public

A protest took place in Kirkby on Satursday to raise the planne changes to the Health Village picture shows protesters and members of the public

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PROTESTERS were out in force on Saturday morning to campaign against planned changes to Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby.

Members of the Mansfield Socialist Party met at the Harold Larwood statue in Kirkby before marching to the Summit Centre.

Health chiefs have outlined plans which could see Ashfield Health Village offer more day services for people with conditions such as dementia, while in-patient wards are moved to specialist centres such as Millbrook.

Speaking ahead of the march, a spokeswoman for the party said: “Over 650 people have signed the Socialist Party petition to save Kirkby Hospital over the past few weeks showing the strength of local feeling and 100 marched to the consultation meeting at the Summit Centre a few weeks ago, where nearly all who spoke opposed the plan.”

But health bosses say the proposals are designed to meet the changing needs of residents by offering better day services at Ashfield Health Village to create a ‘health and community hub’.

NHS Nottinghamshire County is leading the consultation which ends tomorrow.

For more details on the plan see www.nottspct.nhs.uk.

For a full report see Wednesday’s Ashfield Chad.