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Ashby Hospital – progress report welcomed but disappointing delays in decisions

DSCF1689_small.jpgLeicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT) has released a report, ahead of a Board Meeting next week (30th October), updating people on the future location of health services in Ashby following the sad planned closure of Ashby District Hospital.

Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon launched a campaign on Ashby Hospital as soon as its 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.

LPT’s report sets out the options being considered for future services and Jamie has welcomed progress from the NHS to meet his call for services to remain in Ashby.

However, the LPT report delays until November a final decision on where services will be provided and also provides no update on the future of the Ashby District Hospital site. Jamie is disappointed in the delay and believes local people need to know the future of health services urgently.

Following the report’s release Jamie has raised his concerns directly with the NHS and will continue his fight to ensure local people get the best possible NHS care in Ashby. In particular Jamie has raised questions about talk of consultant led outpatients clinicians currently operating out of Ashby moving to Coalville.

Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:

"I welcome confirmation from the NHS that all the sites they are considering for non-consultant led outpatient services are in Ashby. It’s a commitment I called for right at the beginning of my campaign and this report is another big step forward in achieving that. I have asked for more information about the idea of moving four consultant led clinics to Coalville.”

“Outpatients services must remain in Ashby and that must be with no gaps. The NHS is looking at a number of options but the location of these services in Ashby is most important. I’m delighted the NHS is also looking at potential new clinics, including ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology and ear, nose and throat that could be delivered in Ashby from April.”

“I’m disappointed that the final decision has been delayed until next month. I’m also disappointed this report doesn’t detail more on the future of Ashby Hospital itself – we were promised decisions this month and the longer decisions are delayed the more anxious local people will be.”

“I’ve already gone back to the NHS looking for more information and I will keep campaigning on the future of health services locally. Working with the NHS in my day job for a disabled children’s charity I know how important it is to keep the pressure up and keep fighting for local people.”

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