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Watch: Health campaigners protest proposals to change healthcare

Health campaigners in Worcestershire Credit: ITV News

Health campaigners in Worcestershire have protested outside a CCG meeting to try and get a halt to the consultation on proposals to change healthcare across Worcestershire.

It follows the death of 8-year-old Callum Cartlidge. He suffered a cardiac arrest at his house in Redditch after visiting his GP earlier in the week with tonsillitis and stomach ache.

Callum's parents said ambulance staff asked to take him to the Alexandra Hospital just 1.9 miles away from the family home, but instead were sent to Worcestershire Royal Hospital which is 21 miles away.

This is what his dad said to reporter Callum Watkinson:

Paramedics managed to get Callum to the Worcestershire Royal A&E department in 23 minutes, but sadly nothing could be done to save him.


Watch: Dudley MP speaks out about sepsis fight

A West Midlands MP is campaigning to raise awareness about a life-threatening condition, which is killing one person every five minutes in the UK. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection, which when left untreated, can be fatal.

Dudley South MP Mike Wood thought he just had a cold when he ended up in hospital, and had to be put into a medically induced coma after going into septic shock. Rebecca Burrows reports.


Campaigners fighting to save children's heart unit to protest ahead of public meeting

Campaigners at a previous protest Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners fighting to save the East Midlands Congenital Heart centre at Glenfield Hospital are protesting ahead of a public meeting tonight (9 March).

Patients and their families say the 96 seats available are 'totally inadequate' for the number who want to attend.

But the Trust say the event is one of a number of opportunities for people to get more information about the plans and answers any questions they may have.

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