CAMPAIGNERS against health cuts are encouraging people to support an emergency summit to discuss the threat to services.

Atherton man and Greater Manchester Association of Trade Union Councils President Stephen Hall said: "We want to defend local A&E units and NHS services which are now under threat in the name of efficiency and cost-cutting.

"The NHS belongs to local people - we urge them to come and join us in the fight to save vital life-saving services which we all value. The NHS is a much-loved public service. Now the public need to stand up to save it. People power can save our NHS.

"Campaigners are fighting to save all NHS facilities, including A&E units, in Greater Manchester.

"Up to five local A&E units across Greater Manchester face the threat of closure or downgrading."

The all day summit will advise on how best to campaign against cutbacks.and how to protect out of hours, ambulance and other vital NHS services.

The meeting begins at 12 noon on Saturday, February 16 at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.