Commenting on proposed changes to NHS services, Councillor Gill Kirk (Labour – Lockleaze), a retired nurse here in Bristol, said:

“Cutting Bristolians’ access to IVF and the level of breast reconstruction surgery for cancer survivors isn’t about value for money – it’s a direct symptom of the £66 million of cuts which our local NHS is facing as a result of Tory austerity.”

“Women will be hit disproportionately hard by these changes and, with the consultation closing the week after next, may not get the chance to get their voices heard.”

“Bristol Labour is proud that almost 50% of our councillors are women and are committed to being a strong voice for women in Bristol. As such, we are calling on the Clinical Commissioning Group to extend and better advertise this important consultation.”

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Labour women councillors' letter to local NHS leaders
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