Week long hospital protests

The week of protests against hospital reform comes to an end today.

Defend London's NHS has seen a coalition of doctors, patients and health workers unite against plans to downgrade A&Es and other vital hospital services in the capital.

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Government reaction to hospital demonstrations

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"We appreciate that people are going to hold passionate views about changes to their local NHS services. Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area.

"We have always been clear that the NHS must be open about any plans and changes must show a clear benefit to patients."

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