Save Lydney and Dilke Community Hospitals!
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NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust are preparing their report on the recently concluded Public Consultation on the future of Community Hospital provision in the Forest of Dean.
Both groups published a preferred option of replacing our two current community hospitals with a single, smaller, new hospital and expected the public to make an informed decision based on a document which was bereft of crucial information.
How many beds will be provided (It is suggested in the consultation booklet that the number of beds could be cut in half)? What services will be available there? How will they resolve the extreme transport problems resulting from the unique geography of the Forest of Dean? How many staff will be lost or gained? Where will the new site be located?
From previous examples up and down Gloucestershire including Tewkesbury we can see clearly that their proposals are not fit for purpose and are totally inadequate. These projects have been monumental failures and have resulted in diminished services, half the number of beds, buckling floors, broken lifts and low staff recruitment and retention levels.
We have had enough of the cuts to our healthcare provision and the slow privatisation and severe deprivation of our National Health Service as a whole. It is about time we stood up and said no before it is too late!
The HOLD (Hands Off Lydney and Dilke hospitals) Campaign is fighting to protect and force investment in our two current sites as the population of the Forest of Dean continues to increase dramatically, due to large scale housing developments and the immanent lowering and possible scrapping of the Severn Bridge Toll fees. The population of the Forest of Dean is ageing and growing at fast pace and we cannot stand here and allow our health and social care services to be starved of funding and consistently cut.
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