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Anger, emotion and real concern were all evident at a public meeting today in protest at controversial plans to privatise Weston General Hospital in North Somerset.
UNISON offered its support to the event, during which many people expressed real fears about their local hospital leaving the NHS.
The country's biggest trade union says if this happens it will be bad news for staff, patients and the local community.
Wesley Smith reports:
The TUC Austerity Bus has arrived in Weston for a rally organised by the union, Unison.
Many of its members work at Weston General Hospital and say they are concerned at proposals to privatise it. The hospital has struggled with debt and new methods of funding are being considered.
A family event is being held at Weston-super-Mare Football Club today to highlight the concerns and allow people a say about the Government's wider austerity measures.
Anyone can record a video message on board the Austerity Bus. It's already been in Bridgwater, next it's Weston's Bournville Estate, near the hospital, before it heads off to Bristol.