University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust has just received £450million funding from the Department of Health to reorganise acute hospital services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This money will be used to close the General Hospital as an acute hospital and consolidate acute services onto two sites – the Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield. A large amount of land at the General Hospital site will then be sold for other use.
Virtually no detail about these plans has been put into the public domain and made available for public scrutiny and yet local NHS leaders want to rush to consultation, possibly as soon as January.
UHL’s plans shockingly do not include an increase in the number of beds, despite ongoing bed shortages in local hospitals and the obvious need to expand capacity into the future.
The local NHS believes an expansion in community services and different pathways of care will offset rising need for hospital care. But these services are in a similar, if not worse, crisis.
There is now a serious danger that UHL’s plans will lock the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland into an inadequate facility for the next twenty years with no hope of large-scale government funding from future governments during this period to address the shortage of hospital services. So it is important to get it right now.
Save Our NHS Leicestershire welcomes funding in our NHS, which has been starved of resources for many years, but we need to make sure the plan is right.
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