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Celebrate this victory 7th May 2014: hospital closures clause

MAY 7TH, 2014 BY 

Some very, very good news. We did it! The government has accepted our amendment to the hospital closure clause in the House of Lords.

Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers to close any hospital in England, even if local doctors were against it.

The clause was voted for by MPs back in March after the government made some concessions. Their changes didn’t go far enough, but it seemed like the government wouldn’t budge any further.

The clause was due to be passed today. So the government’s decision to accept – almost word for word – the changes proposed by lawyers funded by 38 Degrees members came right down to the wire – and it was a big surprise.

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