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New petition over A&E change plan

A fresh petition is being launched to try to prevent changes to a Nottinghamshire hospital.

Town councillor Laurence Goff had collected more than 5,000 names in an earlier petition to protest about Newark losing its A and E department.

NHS bosses criticised the wording of the document, saying its use of the word "downgrade" did not accurately describe the plans.

Mr Goff has started a new petition and said he expects it to be a success.

Mr Goff has said replacing Newark hospital's A and E department with a minor injuries unit would affect the quality of local care.

NHS Nottinghamshire County said patients with serious conditions could already be better treated elsewhere.

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