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Two Suffolk community hospitals to shut down

Two community hospitals in Suffolk are set to shut down.

The unanimous decision to close the hospitals at Halesworth and Southwold open was greeted with dismay by those who campaigned to keep them open.

Protestors say public consultations were a waste of time. Credit: ITV Anglia

Protestors gathered in Beccles this morning while the decision was taken. They’ve said public consultations were a waste of time.

The chief executive of the clinical commissioning group says it was not about cuts, but about delivering a better health service locally. A series of hubs are being staffed by medical teams to help patients in their own homes.

A series of hubs are being staffed by medical teams to help patients in their own homes. Credit: ITV Anglia

Beds are also closing at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth. Linda Cox, who suffers from Guillame Barre syndrome, a condition that attacks the central nervous system, credits the hospital for getting her back on her feet.

Linda is disappointed that beds are going, but she’s pleased with her treatment since being discharged last week.

Linda Cox credits Northgate Hospital, where beds are closing, for hospital for getting her back on her feet. Credit: ITV Anglia

"There was a bit of a hiccup Monday - but it's a new thing they're doing, so they're going to have teething troubles but I must admit since Monday it's been fantastic.

“You've got strangers in your home but the good part of it was that being in Northgate is you got to know them a bit before you come home. "

– Linda Cox

Click below for the full report from ITV Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.