Lister campaign: Take action’

Conservative leader David Cameron urged Comet readers to have their say in the battle to keep emergency services at Lister Hospital. On Friday, Mr Cameron took a tour of a ward at Lister, met with staff and patients and had an informal meeting with nurses

Conservative leader David Cameron urged Comet readers to have their say in the battle to keep emergency services at Lister Hospital.

On Friday, Mr Cameron took a tour of a ward at Lister, met with staff and patients and had an informal meeting with nurses who are union members.

In an exclusive interview with The Comet, he spoke of his concern at plans to centralise acute and emergency service at either Lister or the QEII.

He said: "Hertfordshire has a growing population so I can't understand why they are getting rid of an A&E.

"People feel let down and are understandably concerned.

"I think they should make their views heard. It's important people use this time to make their opinions known."

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And many Comet readers have been doing just that.

In less than a week, more than 2,500 people have signed up to our petition to save services at Lister.

Labour MP for Stevenage Barbara Follett, and Tory MP for Hitchin and Harpenden Peter Lilley, have also amassed more than 2,000 signatures between them.

Speaking about Conservative MPs in Comet country actively backing our campaign, Mr Cameron said: "I quite understand the very strong feelings that they have.

"People feel they have paid their taxes and they can't understand why the health service is shrinking rather than expanding.

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