Addressing the rally of around 200 people at Stott Lane Playing Fields, Barbara spoke about the need for the first class neo-natal service to continue in Salford.
“Salford has the fifth-highest birth rate in Greater Manchester, and a very high number of low birth-weight babies are born at Hope each year. It is only right that these babies – and their parents – have easy access to the care they need.
“I recently visited the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit which is one of only three in the North-West, and I was really impressed. The parents I met there told me how pleased they were with the standard of treatment, and how glad they were that such a high standard of care is available so close to home.
“This isn’t just about buildings and locations. This is also about the hard-working staff, that have helped to make the neo-natal unit at Hope the success it is today. It takes years to build a successful team, and this team would be broken up if the proposed changes were to go ahead.”