The ‘red line’ protest at Holsworthy in Devon. How many of these people voted ‘Conservative’ in the 2015 general election?

How do we feel about this?

Protesters have formed human “red lines” outside community hospitals in Devon over proposed cuts.

At least 10 hospitals across the county have been earmarked for closure, or a reduction in beds or services.

The clinical commissioning group (CCG) overseeing the changes, said its aim was to ensure access to “consistently excellent care”.

But angry demonstrators said the cuts would “devastate” services and should not go ahead.

Save Our Hospital Services organisers said April Fools Day was chosen to protest against the plans because the threat was “no joke”.

Protests have taken place in Ilfracombe, Torrington, Bideford, Ottery, Sidmouth, Seaton, Barnstaple, Torbay, South Molton and Exeter.

A similar protest took place on Friday in Holsworthy, where overnight services have been temporarily closed due to staff shortages.

(Source: Devon ‘red line’ protests over community hospital cuts)

Normally, This Writer would support anybody in their attempt to keep NHS hospital services open.

But then we find out the following:

That’s right – the majority of people in Devon voted Conservative and therefore demanded these cuts.

So why are they complaining?

This is what they wanted, right?

Or are the protesters all people who didn’t vote Tory. In which case, did they actively campaign against the Tories during the 2015 election, to prevent this from happening?

They must all have seen the direction of Conservative policy after the Health and Social Care Act was passed, all those years ago in 2012 – so they can’t use ignorance as an excuse – right?

This is a case of self-inflicted harm by the people of Devon. But here’s the thing – as people of conscience, it would be irresponsible of the rest of us to let their NHS services disappear without a fight.

So perhaps we should put a condition on any support for anti-cut protests in Tory constituencies:

If you want help against Tory cuts – stop voting ‘Conservative’ in elections!

It really is that simple.

In fact, if you hadn’t voted Tory last time, you wouldn’t be facing these cuts now.

It isn’t rocket science. And, with the local elections taking place next month, you all have an excellent opportunity to get into practice.

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