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Keep it local

By NewarkAdvertiser Reporter


My letter (More Manage-ment, News Views, February 15) would appear to be endorsed by a subsequent news item.

In the article, MP Demands Answers Over Hospital Changes (Advertiser, March 1) both New-ark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust state that expected changes to Newark Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre are in line with a national directive.

As a former civil servant who used to work in Nottinghamshire, I always felt that such national directives issued by central government failed to take into account the needs of both the local population and the region.

Central government departments tend to see only what is within the M25 boundary.

But patients here, let alone their families who want to visit them, have to travel to Nottingham for the QMC and City Hospital; Sutton-in-Ashfield for King’s Mill; Lincoln for the County Hospital; or Grantham. In some cases it is even further afield to Leicester or Sheffield.

Clearly, and with more housing and population growth, as well as the A1, A46, and East Coast Mainline, there is a need in the future for a major hospital facility in Newark.

Unfortunately, managements appear to lack planning for the future, or are unable to convince the Government and Treasury of future needs.

There is always a need for local planning, and not through national policies. ­— A. M. WADDINGTON, Viking Way, Metheringham.


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