Thousands protest against hospital closure

Around 5000 people marched in Ayr yesterday to protest against the closure of a casualty unit.

Submitted by libcom on February 28, 2006

NHS Ayrshire and Arran want to close the A&E unit at Ayr Hospital and transfer it to Crosshouse Hospital - 18 miles away on the outskirts of Kilmarnock.

However protesters brought Ayr High Street to a standstill during the protest, and a petition against the changes has had 55,000 signatures.