Press Release. 1.10.2019
Local campaigners welcome the announcement to invest £450m in hospitals for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland but have raised concerns about whether the current plans will provide enough facilities for the next 20 or 30 years.
Steve Score, co-chair of Save Our NHS Leicestershire said:
“We welcome much needed investment in our local hospitals. However, we are concerned that the re organisation plans as outlined by local NHS leaders may not provide enough beds and overall capacity for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area.
“The plans involve shifting acute services away from the General Hospital and more will be crammed onto the Royal Infirmary site where pollution levels are high, and traffic is extremely congested.
“We have a growing and increasingly elderly population. There is a shortage of beds as it is, with far too many operations cancelled. If there is not a substantial increase in the number of beds overall, we fear that capacity will be insufficient for the next 20 or 30 years.
“We have been told that the hospital plans will only work if community services are much improved and expanded but we know community services are under a dreadful strain with too little resources and too few staff.
“This kind of investment does not come along very often so we need to get the plans right, to ensure that hospital capacity locally is future proofed for years to come. We are concerned that the detailed plans have, up to now, been unfortunately kept under wraps and not shared with the public.”
“We welcome investment in buildings, but it also needs the government to properly fund the day to day running of the NHS as well.”
“Twelve trade union branches representing tens of thousands of workers in Leicester and Leicestershire, including Unite Health which organises workers in the NHS, have backed our open letter raising precisely these concerns about UHLs plans.”
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