Hornsea’s MP to chair meeting between Hornsea Hospital League of Friends and health bosses
On Friday 21 December, Graham Stuart MP is set to chair an important meeting between Hornsea Hospital League of Friends and health bosses. The MP has arranged the meeting between the town’s influential Hornsea Hospital League of Friends Committee and the top bosses at the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group, the City Healthcare Partnership and the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.
Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, said: “Residents in Hornsea were devastated when the town’s MIU service was closed in April this year. So was I. We’d battled long and hard to keep the MIU open; I arranged rallies, the gathering of thousands of petition signatures against the proposal, and even asked the Secretary of State for Health to intervene. I deeply regret that despite throwing everything I could at trying to save the MIU, I failed to get the CCG to listen. The residents of Hornsea were magnificent and turned out in their thousands to support my campaign.
“Hornsea is rightly proud of its hospital which opened in 1923 with donations from local people. The Hornsea Hospital League of Friends continues that fantastic work to this day. The MIU unit in the Hospital was a very important facility for the town, especially as Hornsea is a bustling holiday resort during the summer months. With its passing its vital we keep the health bosses’ feet to the fire so there is no further stripping out of health services; indeed, we want to see existing services enhanced and improved upon. This meeting will allow the Hornsea Hospital League of Friends to question the health bosses on their intentions for the future so we can all ensure the town has the health services it deserves.”
June Barton of the Hornsea Hospital League of Friends commented: “The League of Friends is grateful to Graham for arranging this meeting.
“We have a number of concerns we will be putting to the health chiefs. We want to know the medium and long-term plans for the hospital facilities and clinics.
“We’re pleased to have the three organisations – the CCG, the CHCP and the HFT all in one room – as we will be highlighting to them that in the League of Friends’ view, they do not communicate adequately, leading to too much “passing the buck” when things aren’t right.
“We will also be putting our case for more clinics for long term/chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis, asthma, strokes etc. Since the hospital’s refurbishment we have a hospital fit for the 21st century but it’s receiving a third world service.”
December 18th, 2018