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Save Buttercups nursery
NHS workers and parents are fighting the planned November closure of the Buttercups NHS Nursery at the North Staffordshire Hospital.
The staff are some of the hardest working and lowest paid in the NHS and many have worked at the nursery for many years, as opposed to the private sector where the staff are often less qualified and the turnover is high.
The nursery provides pre-school care for NHS staff and other members of the public.
Hospital officials say they can no longer afford £250,000 in annual subsidies to keep it open. However, staff and parents have questioned this figure since they pay very similar levels for the nursery places as in the private sector.
In 2009/10 the hospital made a surplus of £5.3 million. £1.7 billion is being paid to 'rent' the new 'super hospital' from private owners. This is almost five times what it cost the 'owners' to build it.
Please help parents and NHS staff fight this decision. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask hospital management to reconsider.
Andy Bentley Stoke Socialist Party
In The Socialist 6 October 2010:
Defend Child Benefits
Socialist Party editorial
Socialist Party workplace news
Health and Safety
Europe: fighting the cuts
International socialist analysis
Socialist Party review