G5 campaign group to hand in petition to No 10

Save G5 Campaign Group, protesting against the closure of Ward G5 at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Save G5 Campaign Group, protesting against the closure of Ward G5 at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
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CAMPAIGNERS against the closure of an end-of-life care ward will be handing over a 10,000-signature petition to the Prime Minister this week.

Members of the Save G5 Campaign Group will be visiting Number 10 Downing Street on Thursday to show the strength of feeling about the closure of the G5 ward for over-65s at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

The campaigners will be joined by Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, who has voiced his anger at the ward closure from the very start and supported the campaign to get it reinstated.

The campaigners hope by handing in the petition they will bring the G5 issue to Prime Minister David Cameron’s attention.

They also want to emphasise the anger against the ward closure to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, who has recently been handed a report by an independent inquiry panel into the G5 issue. He now has to make a decision about what action, if any, should be taken.

Will Purvis, one of the organisers of the Save G5 Campaign Group, said: ‘I hope the government will take note of the petition and the 10,000 people who signed it. It shows the strength of feeling against the G5 closure.’

G5 closed in September and was replaced by a mobile nursing team.

Since then thousands have joined the campaign to see the ward reopened.

Copies of the petition – which has been signed by members of the public and hospital staff – have already been handed to hospital bosses and the panel investigating the closure.