Philip Dunne MP made clear his commitment to seeing quality, sustainable and accessible healthcare for Ludlow and the surrounding area, when addressing comments raised at a public meeting in Ludlow on 9th November 2017.
Mr Dunne attended the meeting at Ludlow Methodist Church, where people from Ludlow and the surrounding area met to discuss protecting services at Ludlow Community Hospital.
Mr Dunne said: “I was pleased to attend the meeting last night, to see for myself the clear strength of feeling in the community for the hospital and local health services. I recognise the appreciation for the brilliant staff and care available at Ludlow Hospital, which I saw once more for myself having spent two hours there earlier that day. Though I wasn’t on the panel, I was pleased to be asked to speak, to address some of the misapprehensions raised, such as regarding changes to basing of district nurses and health visitors.
Given the fantastic turnout, and moving testimony of those present, I think it was a real shame that organisers declined the offer of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group leaders to be present at the meeting – not least because it could have formed part of their county wide review into some key services in our community hospitals, which closed today (10th November).
The CCG will consider responses to its review before it brings forward any proposals in coming months. I urged local residents to make their views known, once any resulting plans are consulted on.
I remain steadfast in my commitment to seeing quality accessible and sustainable healthcare for Ludlow and the surrounding area – and sometimes that means embracing change, like new technology and new models of care. We must not immediately leap to the barricades to protest every change in service, before we know what it means for patients.
I am also hopeful the Future Fit public consultation will get under way shortly, which will give all of us who care about health services in Shropshire the chance to make our views clear in a formal process.”