Hospital group is praised by Labour
The Berwick branch of the Labour Party has congratulated the A Better Hospital For Berwick campaign team, community groups and residents over their victory for a standalone hospital site in the town.Â Â
Earlier this month, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust decided it would no longer proceed with plans for a joint £45million integrated health and leisure development with Northumberland County Council on a single site at the Swan Centre in Tweedmouth.
The Labour group believes that independent sites for the hospital and leisure facilities are the only way forward.
While recognising the campaign team’s wish to be non-political, Berwick Labour Party has unanimously endorsed the campaign and offered its support in any way it can.
David Bull, Berwick branch chairman, said: “We are all seeking an improved hospital and the range of services that were promised to the town in 2014 when a Labour-led Northumberland County Council loaned the Northumbria NHS Trust £25million.
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“Fully-funded options must be drawn up soon and a genuine and thorough consultation with the campaign groups and local community must take place before any final decisions are made.”
The Labour group believes the campaign must carry on until it is a total victory for residents’ needs.
It also says it will not support any cuts in NHS services and the party is pledged to give patients the well-resourced services they need for the 21st century.
A Better Hospital for Berwick campaigners, meanwhile, have been keeping up momentum, attending a NHS Northumberland CCG Primary Care Commissioning committee meeting and a Healthwatch Northumberland drop-in.