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Friday, 31 October 2014

Clinicians delivering on promises

Local clinicians are delivering on their promises to deliver more treatment, closer to home (Bed numbers cut at hospital News & Star, March 19).

Four years ago, the county’s community hospitals were under threat of closure and thousands of people marched in the streets calling for change.

One year later, NHS Cumbria signed up to a prescription for recovery: a contract with the people of north Cumbria called Closer to Home.

Designed by local family doctors, the Closer to Home plan calls for more services previously only available from big acute hospitals to be moved into GP surgeries, revitalised community hospitals and, where appropriate, people’s homes.

Key to Closer to Home is a greater role for community hospitals, with fewer beds as better community services are introduced thanks to an extra £10 million investment.

As part of our Closer to Home commitment we said we would reduce the number of beds at community hospitals within a range for each hospital agreed during the public consultation held in 2007/08. That is what we are delivering on.

Promises made, promises kept; more services closer to home and a bright future for Wigton community hospital: that is what these changes are all about.

DR FAYYAZ CHAUDHRI
Lead GP for Allerdale
NHS Cumbria

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