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Bake Off Star Mary Berry Supports Hospital Campaign

Bake Off Star Mary Berry Supports Hospital Campaign

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 7:46am 5th September 2015.

Looks like bake-off superstar Mary Berry has got behind a campaign to save Wycombe Hospital.

She's been pictured with a "Save Wycombe Hospital" poster.

The campaign wants to bring A&E and a full maternity unit back to High Wycombe.

She posed with the Save Wycombe Hospital mosaic poster at the Bank Holiday Monday Fete in Hazlemere.

The Hand Back Our Hospital campaign aims to return lost services to Wycombe including A&E and full maternity, as well as stop any further downgrades of services.

The latest petition now has over 6500 online signatures and a dozen celebrities have retweeted it, the most recent being actor John Challis who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and guitarist Steve Hackett. 

Campaign co-ordinator Miss Ozma Hafiz said,

“Support for the cause continues to grow and with more people volunteering to help, we're getting stronger. Further details about celebrity interaction are on the blog site www.savewycombehospital.wordpress.com and our latest petition (https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire) can also be found there.

"I'm keen to get the petition in quite soon after parliament recommences and therefore would appreciate everyone signing and sharing it widely. The new target is 10,000, which I believe is achievable with everyone’s help.  Thank you to everyone who has shown support and particularly those helping at the moment with paper signatures. These can also be found in some local shops.’’

Princes Risborough resident Liz Wisbach has been helping with paper signature collection. She said,

“I was surprised at the number of people who didn't know A&E was closed. I enjoyed chatting to people, all of whom were interested and had a tale to tell!”

The petition has been signed by a wide range of people, including those who are medically qualified and those from Stoke Mandeville and Wexham Park.

Ozma said,

“More people have had first-hand experience of the difficulties that have arisen due to increased distance to health services. This was also reflected in a recent Healthwatch report. In regards to this, Healthwatch state that ‘people in Bucks are finding it more difficult than ever before to access hospital services. For many residents in Bucks the stress, anxiety and cost associated with getting to their appointments has become a major issue’ on their website.”

“Having to travel long distances doesn’t just affect patients, it can have an impact on their loved ones too,” 

The full Healthwatch report can be accessed here: http://www.healthwatchbucks.co.uk/healthwatch-bucks-report-identifies-major-problems-transport-hospitals


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