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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 September 2006, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
No decision over hospital closure
Demonstrators outside Swansea County Hall
Protesters gathered outside Swansea County Hall
Staff at a threatened convalescence hospital have said they will "fight all the way" to keep it open after a decision on its future was put off.

Swansea NHS Trust wants to shut Fairwood Hospital and ward one of Hill House as part of a 12m recovery plan.

Swansea's Local Health Board (LHB) deferred a decision following a meeting on Tuesday.

Hospital staff were joined by other Unison members to protest beforehand.

Plans to shut Fairwood Hospital were first raised last year but mothballed after the presentation of a 7,000-signature petition opposing the move.

'Moral obscenity'

But the NHS Trust resurrected the proposals and has been consulting over the summer.

Nursing support worker Dela Davies said: "It's been like a sentence hanging over us.

"It's a moral obscenity that they want to shut these services because it's the elderly and vulnerable that will be at risk without this service. We will fight all the way until there is no more that we can do."

Swansea Council has also opposed the plan in its current form because it is worried it will place additional pressures on its social services department.

Fairwood Hospital is also used as accommodation for patients travelling to the city for radiotherapy treatment.

The NHS Trust said these people will go to a specially adapted suite at Singleton Hospital, if the move goes ahead.

The trust also plans to treat an extra 200 rehabilitation patients in their own homes. The LHB now plans to decide on the future of Fairwood and the ward at Hill House at its next meeting next month.


SEE ALSO
Hospital closure threat suspended
29 Sep 05 |  South West Wales
Thousands oppose hospital closure
12 Sep 05 |  South West Wales

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