Last week Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon, called for the NHS to end the uncertainty about the future of health services in Ashby. Finally on Wednesday the NHS announced proposals for outpatient services to be placed at Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby. While the plans need scrutiny the news is a welcome relief.
The NHS has agreed plans to introduce new outpatients services to Ashby including: Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Falls Clinic, ENT and Community Children’s Services. But the announcement on Hood Park Leisure centre also confirms that care requiring x-ray will now automatically be provided at Coalville Hospital rather than Ashby. Patients before often had to travel onto Coalville Hospital for x-rays.
Jamie is still calling for the NHS to publish updated information on the success of current inpatient alternatives. Before the decision was taken to close the 16 inpatient beds at Ashby Hospital in September, Jamie insisted that information was published on the ability of the alternatives to cope. With residents expressing concerns after five months experience of the alternatives Jamie believes the NHS needs to work to reassure the public by producing up to date information.
This is all part of a long running campaign by Jamie to protect health services in Ashby. Jamie 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.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“I’m pleased the NHS has finally heeded my calls to end the uncertainty. We need to scrutinise the plans but the fact that people now know the NHS want to provide outpatient services, including some new services, from right at the heart of Ashby Town Centre will be a welcome relief for many.
However, my long running campaign on Ashby health services is far from over. We need to look in details at these plans, we need more evidence that the inpatient alternatives are working and we need the NHS to come up with a sensible future plan for Ashby Hospital itself. I’ll be keeping up the pressure.”
The NHS briefing can be seen here.