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Posted 28/05/2014

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF REACH ON 21ST MAY

Are you aware that local health services in Cheltenham are under threat?
The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce is so concerned with the erosion of health services in Cheltenham that we have helped to set up and launch a local community campaign group called REACH (Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital)
The Chamber’s concerns increased and led to them taking action when the NHS Trust decided to downgrade the 24 hour emergency service (blue light) at Cheltenham General Hospital last July.
The Official Launch of REACH on 21st may was attended by political leaders, local businesses and local residents.
The meeting was opened by the Chamber’s Chief Executive, Michael Ratcliffe, who invited former consulant, Geoff Cox, to give a brief overview of the undermining of health services  in Cheltenham over  a number of years such as
Local Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood then officially launched REACH and emphasised the importance of REACH and the need to speak out and protect local health services including the restoration of the full time operation of emergency services at Cheltenham General Hospital. During the public question time Alex Chalk the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate  agreed that  REACH had a vital role to play in ensuring that health services in Cheltenham were not further undermined.
The meeting did hear about a number of individual examples of how the down grading of health services in Cheltenham has directly impacted on them.
The meeting drew to a close with an appeal from the Chair of REACH, Michael ratcliffe, asking those present to do 3 things:
1) Make a donation to REACH either at the meeting or via their website – www,reach.org.uk
2) Become active in REACH and help us to grow the campaign
3) Write to the local paper to express their concerns and opposition to the downgrading and undermining of health services in Cheltenham.
We would also ask Chamber News readers to support REACH by taking one or more of the above actions.

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