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9:20am 24th November 2011
(Updated 9:20am 24th November 2011)

Locals fighting to protect the West Cornwall Hospital are staging a protest.

They are angry a ward has been shut down and no doctor found to cover A & E twenty-four hours a day in Penzance.

They are targeting a board meeting of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust on Thursday.

Members of the Hands Off Our Hospital campaign say they have a series of demands for officials. These include reopening the closed ward before Christmas, stopping any reductions in services and bringing in a twenty-four hour doctor at casualty.

Spokesperson Alana Bates said, "The government say there isn't enough money for the NHS or pensions but there is enough money to bail out the banks. It's about priorities and we think the NHS and people's health should be prioritised."

Bosses insist the hospital's future is secure. Its Chief Executive has turned down an invitation to join a show of solidarity in Penzance next month. Lezli Boswell said, "I share the community's desire for a strong and healthy hospital in Penzance and the future of West Cornwall Hospital is not in doubt. If the event on Saturday 3rd December was just about showing support and solidarity for improving health services in the West of Cornwall I would happily attend but it doesn't feel appropriate for me to be part of a 'Hands off our Hospital' campaign. I welcome the commitment and passion people in Cornwall have for our NHS and I want to work with the community as we develop our plans in the months and years ahead."

9:20am 24th November 2011

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