Lord Beith raises Berwick hospital concerns

Berwick peer Lord Beith has called on the Government to justify plans to replace Berwick Infirmary with a new hospital and leisure facility.

Sunday, 9th September 2018, 9:48 am
Updated Sunday, 9th September 2018, 10:05 am
Lord Beith

The former Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick has submitted questions in the House of Lords about the proposals.

Lord Beith, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick, asked: “What assessment they have made of proposals to replace the Berwick Infirmary with a new facility in Tweedmouth, built in conjunction with a leisure centre, rather than rebuilding on the existing site, and whether appropriate consultation has taken place?”

His intervention comes with the proposal due to go before the Northumberland County Council’s decision-making Cabinet tomorrow (September 10).

The meeting will be held at the the Swan Centre, with a public demonstration against the plans taking place outside before the councillors gather to make their decision.

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Commenting after submitting his question, Lord Beith added: “In 2013, residents were promised a new, stand-alone hospital on the existing site, and there was widespread public support for this option.

“Plans were also underway early last year to build a separate leisure centre on the existing Swan Centre site.

“Many residents are now contacting me, concerned that a more limited facility may now be pushed forward without their views being properly considered.”