Following Wednesday's public meetings on the future of Ashby Hospital Labour’s candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon has called for still more answers on the future of services for Ashby residents.
Many local residents, including Jamie, attended one of two meetings run by the NHS at the Royal Hotel, Ashby on Wednesday to get more information about the consultation running on the potential closure of Ashby Hospital. While progress has been made in making sure Ashby residents know what is proposed more information and assurances are needed. Jamie has also held a meeting with the review leads to put the concerns of local residents directly to those making the decision.
Jamie said: "People are concerned about the future of provision in Ashby and while I welcome the progress made in informing people we still have a long way to go before any closure can be contemplated.
"I have been calling for people to 'write in' to the consultation with a third option. We need more reassurance that services such as physiotherapy and outpatients currently provided at Ashby Hospital will remain well provided for in Ashby, with no gaps. We need more proof that the alternative idea of more care in people’s homes works. We also need more information on the future of the building and the development of a new Health Centre."
"Ashby Hospital is a vital part of the local community and until the NHS answers these questions to the satisfaction of local residents no closure decision can be made. The people of Ashby rely on these services and I’m urging them to have their say before the consultation closes on April 6th.