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Health campaigners to deliver documents to Jeremy Hunt outlining fears over future of Kent & Canterbury Hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:47 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:47 07 November 2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

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Campaigners will deliver a series of documents to the health secretary later this month, outlining fears over the future of the Kent & Hospital.

The trust running the hospital controversially announced earlier this year that some 35 people who normally attend by ambulance every day with conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia, would instead be diverted to the William Harvey in Ashford and the QEQM in Margate.

The changes, which health chiefs insist are only temporary, but have been in place since June, are the result of the trust struggling to recruit enough permanent consultants, though some vacancies have been filled in recent weeks.

Long-term, the trust wants to “reorganise” its services at the three hospitals and is set to bring proposals forward for public consultation in the spring.

A debate on the K&C’s future was held in the House of Commons earlier this summer and now the Concern for Health in East Kent (CHEK) group is taking its campaign directly to the door of Jeremy Hunt.

Organisers have arranged coaches to bring protesters from the city to Westminster for the visit on November 21.

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