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Burnley family ‘devastated’ by kids’ ward closure bid

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘DEVASTATING’ NEWS: Debbie and Clive Macken with their daughter Katie who is treated at Burnley General Hospital ‘DEVASTATING’ NEWS: Debbie and Clive Macken with their daughter Katie who is treated at Burnley General Hospital

THE parents of a girl who is battling a bowel disease have said they would be ‘devastated’ if the children’s ward was moved out of Burnley.

Protests against the planned closure are to continue this weekend, with the Liberal Democrats prospective Pendle MP Afzal Anwar chaining himself to the hospital doors.

Mr Anwar will be chained to the entrance in Casterton Avenue from 10am to 8pm on Saturday.

Nine-year-old Katie Mac-ken, of North Street, Brier-cliffe, who is undergoing tests for a bowel disease, often needs to see a consultant at short notice, an arrangement that staff at the hospital less than a mile away can easily facilitate.

But if the ward is moved to Blackburn it will pose serious problems for mum Debbie, dad Clive, and their two other children.

Debbie said: “Like a lot of other kids, Katie has an arrangement with the consultant at Burnley bec-ause she often needs urgent treatment.

“We can just ring and be seen the next day or sometimes the same day. The ward is nearly always full.

“Katie used to hate going to hospital as well but she is more comfortable now as she knows the staff. This will change all that.”

Along with a friend, Katie recently dedicated her birthday to raising money for the Deerplay children’s ward. Between them, they raised £210 which the hospital used to buy an Xbox.

Debbie said making arrangements to travel to Blackburn at a moment’s notice would cause them problems. She said: “I’ve two other young children to look after and neither of them are at school.

“My husband Clive doesn’t get home until late and although my mum finds it daunting driving, she can manage to come over and help.

“It is easier because the Burnley hospital is only five minutes away. But if we had to travel all the way to Blackburn, I don’t know how we’d manage it. It would be devastating.”

Katie, who has several certificates for her bravery, said: “I like it at Burnley because I know the doctors and nurses there.”

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12:33am Sat 3 Apr 10

pendlereader says...

Lord knows how many times we've allowed our hospital services to be taken from us at the expense of a 'consultation' that was not endorsed by the people, not backed up by clinical evidence.

IS it not shameful enough that removing our hospital services has resulted in nothing but chaos, nothing we were promised has come to fruition.

Yet you criticise a man whose beliefs in keeping services local are so strong he does this knowing it may help save childrens lives.

You say this is a political stunt, but fail to remember that nothing has been done to save local services by the other parties. What does it matter if Ken Dodd chained himself to the hospital? At least show some support, you don't have to vote for him!

If a man feels strongly enough to take such direct action as speaking out and taking a strong stance so to protect his childrens' future, should he be persecuted for his beliefs?

Jesus was persecuted for his political beliefs, yet I doubt you'd forsake him for the what he does for his children.

This is no different to what Afzal Anwar is doing by chaining himself to our hospital in protest.

It matters not if the man believes in jesus. What matters is what he is doing is what the people wish and what he feels is just.

We can all sit around, talk, and criticise, but without action, we are reduced to mere marrionettes.
Lord knows how many times we've allowed our hospital services to be taken from us at the expense of a 'consultation' that was not endorsed by the people, not backed up by clinical evidence. IS it not shameful enough that removing our hospital services has resulted in nothing but chaos, nothing we were promised has come to fruition. Yet you criticise a man whose beliefs in keeping services local are so strong he does this knowing it may help save childrens lives. You say this is a political stunt, but fail to remember that nothing has been done to save local services by the other parties. What does it matter if Ken Dodd chained himself to the hospital? At least show some support, you don't have to vote for him! If a man feels strongly enough to take such direct action as speaking out and taking a strong stance so to protect his childrens' future, should he be persecuted for his beliefs? Jesus was persecuted for his political beliefs, yet I doubt you'd forsake him for the what he does for his children. This is no different to what Afzal Anwar is doing by chaining himself to our hospital in protest. It matters not if the man believes in jesus. What matters is what he is doing is what the people wish and what he feels is just. We can all sit around, talk, and criticise, but without action, we are reduced to mere marrionettes. pendlereader
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