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Stafford Hospital protesters vow to stay as long as necessary

Campaigners fighting plans to downgrade a Staffordshire hospital have vowed to stay in their protest camp for as long as is necessary.

Protesters have already been camped outside Stafford Hospital for six weeks.

Karen Howells, from the Support Stafford Hospital group, said: "We are honest people (who) just want our health services for our community."

The downgrading was announced following the high profile public inquiry into the failings of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.