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Downing St visit in bid to save eye infirmary; WOLVERHAMPTON.

PROTESTERS were today travelling to Westminster in a last ditch bid to save Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary.

The cash-strapped Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, which is expected to be pounds 37 million overspent by March 2008, is selling off the infirmary site, in Chapel Ash, as part of cost cutting measures.

Services are to be permanently moved to a vacant building on the New Cross Hospital complex in June.

Staff at the Eye Infirmary walked out last month after it was discovered the closure plans had been brought forward five years.

Hospital trust bosses say the Victorian building is outdated and contains asbestos.

Protesters at the closure were today travelling to London to hand in a 50,000-signatured petition to Downing Street.

They claim eye services provided at New Cross, which is already providing weekend cover, would be greatly reduced following the closure.

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CLOSURE THREAT... Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary is set to close under controversial new plans.
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Date:Jan 24, 2006
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