‘Govern­ment are wast­ing bil­lions on pri­vate projects’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

CHRIS Tay­lor’s well re­searched cor­re­spon­dence de­serves praise rather than crit­i­cism.

He is at­tempt­ing to hold the lo­cal CCG to ac­count for their ac­tions re­gard­ing the fu­ture of Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal, an is­sue which is of great con­cern to thou­sands of peo­ple lo­cally.

Chris Tay­lor poses per­ti­nent ques­tions to the ‘Ac­count­able Of­fi­cer’ of the CCG, Mar­cus Warnes, a per­son who it is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to ex­tract a rel­e­vant an­swer.

Rather than crit­i­cise Chris’s valiant ef­forts I would sug­gest that Bas Pick­er­ing, who de­scribes him­self as a ‘pa­tient rep­re­sen­ta­tive,’ could be a lit­tle more ob­jec­tive and ask why the CCG per­sist in plac­ing pa­tients in sub-stan­dard nurs­ing homes and al­low Mar­cus Warnes to close and dene­grate our lo­cal hos­pi­tals, fly­ing in the face of the mass of pub­lic sup­port for the main­te­nance of those ser­vices.

After more than two years of de­lib­er­a­tion and protest the CCG comes up with a pre­ferred op­tion an ‘in­te­grated care hub’ on the Leek Moor­lands site. How­ever, this op­tion fails to pro­vide any hos­pi­tal beds, or de­scribe ex­actly what ser­vices would be on of­fer at the hub.

Fur­ther­more, the CCG re­port boasts that their pro­posed hubs of care will mean ‘old and frail pa­tients no longer need to travel to a large hos­pi­tal for sup­port.’

How­ever, their pre­ferred op­tion means that Chea­dle Hos­pi­tal will be com­pletely shut and pa­tients will have to travel to Leek or the Pot­ter­ies.

By their own ad­mis­sion the Leek hub would be ‘dif­fi­cult for the peo­ple of Chea­dle to reach.’

I won­der how many more times Mar­cus Warnes and co need to hear that the peo­ple of Leek and Chea­dle want their hos­pi­tals to re­main open, with all ser­vices fully re­stored in­clud­ing the re­turn of our com­mu­nity beds.

The value of which we will once again un­for­tu­nately miss in the forth­com­ing win­ter, where trag­i­cally peo­ple will suf­fer in­dig­nity, and worse, await­ing treat­ment on a trol­ley in a cor­ri­dor.

Thanks to this govern­ment’s pol­icy of aus­ter­ity, and the apol­o­gists who or­gan­ise these cut­backs for the govern­ment - the CCGS.

As for Bas Pick­er­ing’s as­ser­tion that we have to ac­cept these changes, un­less peo­ple are will­ing to pay more tax.

Re­search has shown that a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are quite happy to pay more tax for pub­lic ser­vices, such as the NHS, pro­vided that these ser­vices are prop­erly man­aged.

Un­for­tu­nately they are patently mis-man­aged by this govern­ment who are quite happy to waste bil­lions of pounds on pri­vate projects in the pub­lic sec­tor, like Car­ril­lion, whilst starv­ing front line ser­vices of nec­es­sary in­vest­ment. Steven Hugh Prof­fitt Leek

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