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.”

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