Last night a couple of dozen keen volunteer activists gathered in the Beecroft Gallery to set up Save Southend A&E.
This is an informal organisation, born from a desire to save health services in the Southend area. Southend Against The Cuts and Southend Keep Our National Health Service Public are backing this new group.
Those gathered agreed for the need to raise the profile of what is happening to healthcare in this corner of Essex. Street stalls, leaflets and a demo were discussed.
So far there are no officers, although I did agree to help administer the Facebook page.