Hundreds turn out in protest at plans to remove stroke unit from Margate’s QEQM Hospital

Fully story in The Isle of Thanet News, 6 October 2018

Hundreds of campaigners turned out today (October 6) to protest at plans close the stroke unit at Margate’s QEQM and move it to Ashford.

The demo at the hospital entrance on Ramsgate Road today (October 6) was in protest at a decision by NHS bosses to opt for three hyper-acute stroke units in Kent and Medway — with the nearest one to Thanet being at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

The NHS in Kent and Medway – which includes all 8 Clinical Commissioning Groups – Bexley in south east London and the High Weald area of East Sussex, drew up a shortlist of five options and announced Darent Valley Hospital, Maidstone Hospital and William Harvey Hospital as preferred options for the specialist units.

Story also on BBC News