Public meeting in March to voice concerns about NHS services in Fenland

Doddington Hospital ANL-150606-094803009
Doddington Hospital ANL-150606-094803009

A public meeting is being held in March tomorrow night amid fears for the future of the NHS in Fenland.

The Wisbech, March and District Trades Union Council has called a meeting at March Town Hall from 7.30pm to discuss concerns about threats to services in the area and “the creeping privatisation” of the NHS.

Secretary Martin Field said council members are particularly concerned about outpatient services at Doddington Hospital, which won a temporary reprieve from closure last month.

As reported in the Fenland Citizen, the outpatient clinics were set to be scrapped and transferred to acute hospitals outside the area as health chiefs had failed to find anyone to take over the running of them at Doddington.

Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust had told the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) it no longer wanted to provide the services, but it has now agreed to continue running them until March 31 next year while a new provider is found.

Mr Field said: “People in March and Wisbech are very concerned outpatient and other services are under threat, and we are concerned that the March 31 date is merely a stay of execution.

“There will be a number of speakers with expertise and experience of the changes in our NHS who will be able to answer questions about local people’s concerns.”

He said anyone interested or concerned about NHS services in the Fenland area is welcome to attend.