Dr Helen Tyrer has launched a petition to support a proposal to pay Newark Hospital’s share of the PFI and reinstate services at Newark Hospital.
Attending the Say YES to Newark Hospital, Hug the Hospital event Dr Tyrer stated, “From what we learned at Hexham this proposal could provide a real solution. To do that we need to work collaboratively and I want to see all parties on board. This petition will not end on the 8th May. We are launching this petition because we want to see services returned to Newark Hospital. We think that the only way to do that is to pay off the PFI debt as they have done in Hexham and develop new partnerships with other Trusts.”
Over the years, and in particular the past two years services have been drained away from Newark Hospital, disadvantaging local service users and increasing pressure on other over stretched hospitals.
Earlier in the year Dr Tyrer visited Hexham Hospital in Northumberland. Hexham has reached an agreement with Catalyst (their PFI provider) that was a gain for everybody. Hexham Hospital had cost £57M to build, had attracted excessive additional payments and after 10 years was still owing £114M. In a pioneering arrangement, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust borrowed £114m from the Northumberland County Council to pay off the PFI debt and the private contractors who built and ran Hexham General Hospital. This has led to savings of about £3.5m every year over the next 19 years. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is borrowing the money from Northumberland County Council, who in turn have borrowed this sum from HM Treasury’s Public Works Loan Board at a preferential low rate of interest which benefits the Council. This has led to savings of about £3.5m every year for the subsequent 19 years of the contract.
Dr Tyrer concluded, “The fact is Newark is 23 miles from four large hospital in three different Trusts. Why shouldn’t we forge partnerships with them all for the benefit of the people that use Newark Hospital, and ease the pressure on over stretched services elsewhere? This is a common sense solution to a real problem. A solution that will benefit everybody.”
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The Say YES to Newark Hospital Campaign is to hold another Hug the Hospital event on Bank Holiday Monday the 4th May 2015. The event will start at 12 midday and finish as soon as a chain has been formed around Newark Hospital.
Francis Towndrow the Chairman of SYNH said, “We held this event at the same time in 2010, just prior to the last general election. It was attended by all the candidates and some local councillors last time and I hope that they will all attend this time round. This is not a party political event as open to anyone”.
Recent reports have highlighted problems with bed blocking, A and E waiting times, ambulance turnaround times and increased mortality rates. The recently published Kings Fund report finds that all areas of NHS care are feeling the strain, with general practice under huge pressure and concerns being raised about access to mental health services for vulnerable patients.
Francis Towndrow stated, “Newark Hospital could do so much more, we all know that it is underutilised. More services at Newark Hospital would help achieve what we all want which is to bring healthcare closer to home. Let’s demonstrate to the health authorities that we want to see real change”.
See the latest on what’s happened to our NHS since the change to Newark Hospital in today’s Newark Advertiser or at http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Death-rate-rise-in-Newark-district-sparks-fre
The Say YES to Newark Hospital Campaign is to hold a Healthcare Hustings on Thursday 9th April at Holy Trinity Community Centre, Boundary Road, Newark. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Francis Towndrow the Chairman of SYNH said, “The downgrading of Newark Hospital is one of the biggest issues in Newark.
All of the candidates have stated that they are committed to Newark Hospital and so I think we should give the candidates a chance to say what they are going to do about it. The SYNH has a large a diverse membership of all political persuasions and I know that the event will be well attended.”
Recent Clinical Commissioning Group reports have highlighted problems with bed blocking, A and E waiting times, ambulance turnaround times and increased mortality rates. The recently published Kings Fund report finds that all areas of NHS care are feeling the strain, with general practice under huge pressure and concerns being raised about access to mental health services for vulnerable patients.
Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King’s Fund and the lead author of the report, said: “The next government will inherit a health service that has run out of money and is operating at the very edge of its limits.”
Francis Towndrow stated, “The local picture reflects the national picture but for Newark patients the situation is made worse by the need to travel 23 miles for treatment, even for the less serious emergencies. We want the local candidates to discuss with the people of Newark healthcare including, social care, mental healthcare, and care of the elderly. We want to know how the candidates plan to tackle these challenges.”
The 2014 AGM of Say Yes to Newark Hospital (SYNH) will be held on Thursday 25th September 2014 at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Community Centre, Boundary Road, Newark. To view the agenda please click here or visit our downloads page at http://synh.org.uk/downloads/ .
On the downloads page you will also find a link to the minutes of the 2013 AGM which you can also view here.
The newly elected MP for Newark, Mr Robert Jenrick, has confirmed that he will attend the AGM and we have also invited Paul O’Connor, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Additional Important event – On the 24th September 2014 10am to 12pm Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, who are responsible for commissioning services at Newark Hospital, will hold their AGM at the Everyday Champions Centre.