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NEWFANE – A group of citizens who object to the service cutbacks and layoffs at the Newfane location of Eastern Niagara Hospital will hold a public meeting Saturday to make their case.

Eastern Niagara Hospital is laying off the equivalent of 60 full-time workers at Newfane and transferring inpatient services to its Lockport location, effective in mid-October.

The session is set for 5 p.m. in Newfane Town Hall, 2737 Main St. Gina Guido-Redden, one of the organizers, said the session will offer details of a letter sent by Service Employees International Union 1199 to the state Health Department, asking for an independent needs assessment of the hospital and a review of its financial status. Also, an attorney retained by the town is charging that the hospital has sought improper tax exemptions for its nursing home.

Prime topics for presentations at today’s meeting, Guido-Redden said, include the hospital’s low patient care ratings, claims of a hostile work environment, financial mismanagement, and the hospital’s rejection of offers of assistance.