The Future of Leicester’s Hospitals is at stake & the public have a right to know

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Local NHS bosses plan to reorganise acute hospital services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Although this is a long-term plan, it does not include an increase in the number of beds – even though the population will grow significantly in the coming 20 or 30 years. Moreover, we already have a shortage of beds. The Hospitals management is refusing to make the details of their plans available to the public.

Their plans involve closing the Leicester General as an acute hospital and to sell off much of the land and to move services onto two sites – the Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield – with a new maternity hospital at the LRI and a new treatment centre at the Glenfield.

We, the undersigned, call on the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust:

(a) to make the pre-consultation business case and any other relevant documentation available to the public now; and

(b) to include in any future consultation of the public questions which relate explicitly to the public’s desire or otherwise for the closure of the General as an acute hospital and the sale of land at the General.