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Protesters form chain around Newark A&E

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Protesters fear the change could affect the quality of care

About 200 campaigners formed a human chain around a Nottinghamshire hospital in protest at plans to replace its A&E department with a minor injuries unit.

Protesters, who have also collected 5,000 signatures on a petition, fear the "downgrading" of Newark Hospital would affect the quality of care.

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

A public consultation on the plans is due to start in November.

NHS Nottinghamshire County said the change was not being driven by a desire to save money, but by national medical guidelines.



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