Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon has called on the NHS to put into practice commitments to ensure Ashby Hospital’s building is put to good use following its sad proposed closure.
Recently we’ve heard the NHS reject plans for Ashby Hospital to be used by Hospice Hope and Jamie is calling on the NHS to make sure the need for the building to be used for the benefit of local people is at the front of their minds when deciding what to do with the building.
This call follows on from the campaign Jamie launched as soon as the Hospital’s future appeared under threat. Jamie called for services such as physiotherapy and outpatients currently provided at Ashby Hospital to remain well provided for in Ashby, with no gaps, for the care in the community to be proven to work and for the building to be put to good use if closed.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“While it’s important the NHS gets good value for money to invest in local services it’s also important this historic building, that matters a great deal too local people, isn’t simply sold to highest bidder with no regard for its future use. We received reassurances during the summer that the NHS would consider the importance of the building to local people when deciding its future use and it’s important the NHS keeps to that promise.
Nine months ago I launched my campaign to protect health services in Ashby following news that the Hospital was under threat. We’ve come a long way with outpatients protected and more evidence presented to prove the community care works. But I want to keep the pressure up on the NHS to ensure the importance of the building is at the forefront of the NHS’ minds when they decided what will happen to this much loved building.”