Sunday, September 23, 2007

Meeting the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP)

City Hospital Supporters have waited a long time for this opportunity. It will happen on Thursday 4th October at City Hospital. We have a representative group meeting the Panel consisting of some members of the community and representatives of the staff non-medical and medical. We will be making a presentation which we hope at some stage after the event to make available via this website.

I know how very worried people are out there. People are concerned that they have not been consulted properly. They find it unbelievable that in these days of a Labour Government seeking a fourth term of office, there are people proposing to move the sick around in ambulances, not for any medical benefit and indeed not for any sensible, rational reason.
Over the last few months I have had the very pleasant experience of meeting many people living close to City Hospital and who have used its services many times over the years. They all speak with great respect and affection for it. They know how important its Emergency Services are to them. They are very glad this Independent Panel is looking at Emergency Surgery, and nobody wants us to abandon the children. We will not do so.

Our fervent hope must be that not only will we get a fair hearing on the 4th October, but that it will lead to City Hospital keeping those beds and continuing to look after its patients properly until that new hospital opens in Grove Lane.

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