PRESS RELEASE, 02.04.2019. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leicester NHS campaigners host public meeting to examine plans to reorganise Leicester’s hospitals
Campaigning group Save Our NHS Leicestershire (SONHSL) is holding a public meeting this Saturday to discuss University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust’s controversial plans to close the General as an acute hospital, as well as their £367million plans to reorganise hospitals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland without creating any additional beds.
Tom Barker, Secretary of SONHSL, said:
“Virtually no detail about UHL’s plans has been put into the public domain and made available for public scrutiny. Because of this, we are concerned that opportunities for meaningful change to plans through later formal public consultation will be limited.
“This is one of the reasons why we are holding the meeting.
“But we are also concerned that UHL’s new plans do not include an increase in the number of beds, despite ongoing issues with capacity in local hospitals. UHL’s spokesman has said the reconfigured hospital facilities will have 2,048 beds. In May 2018, UHL had 2,045 beds.
“The local NHS believes an expansion in community services and different pathways of care will offset rising need for hospital care. However, community services are under review and these plans have not yet been written while the previous plans (the Sustainability and Transformation Plan) failed in large part due to optimism bias and a failure to get ‘the sums to add up’.
“Local MPs, councillors the and public need to know what the details of the hospital plan are and what the details of the wider NHS plans for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are before UHL seeks approval of the pre-consultation business case.”
Speaking at the meeting will be Sally Ruane, a local health policy academic and NHS campaigner, and Mark Wightman, UHL’s Director of Communications and Strategy.
The meeting will be held on Saturday April 6, 2pm, Hansom Hall, Leicester Adult Education Centre, LE16QL. [The Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029436130581510/ ]
For more information contact Tom Barker on 07896841902 or firstname.lastname@example.org