Sterling work continues
The A Better Hospital for Berwick (ABHFB) campaign team wishes to say welcome to 2019 and a big thank you to everyone for supporting our efforts and helping in the campaign.
Since ABHFB was formed the support has been overwhelming and still keeps coming from all sections of the community – residents, local groups, political parties and churches. All of us in it together.
We have engaged with almost 4,000 members on our Facebook page, where many are posting the difficulties they face in accessing basic services that should be readily available in Berwick.
We also have approximately 5,000 signatures on our Better Hospital for Berwick survey.
Volunteers meet regularly and are doing sterling work, helping to spread the word and listening to local opinions in community events.
The research team continues to gather data and information from many sources for the next part of the campaign.
Since our public meeting in December the committee has held two further meetings to review the latest findings and discuss strategies for the way forward.
Our aims have not changed for our new replacement world class hospital, as promised.
It should not only be fit to serve the needs of our rapidly growing population, but also fit to serve future generations in Berwick and its rural area communities.
For Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to state that there will be no significant changes to services, thereby ruling out further consultation, is simply not good enough.
The significant changes were made prior to their new proposals and because of those detrimental changes we continue to be deprived of many basic services that until recently were provided in Berwick Hospital.
ABHFB members have regularly attended appropriate meetings and hope to have representation at the Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting today (Thursday). We are not allowed to speak in these meetings without prior permission, but we all agree that an ABHFB presence should be felt whilst we continue with regular correspondence between all three bodies.
Regular updates can be found on our Facebook page and our website at abetterhospitalforberwick.co.uk where you can tell your stories in private and have them forwarded to our MP, Well Close Square surgery and Health Watch, where they will be logged or replied to if a response is requested.
On behalf of the ABHFB teams, we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to speaking to you all soon.
Jennifer McLean and the team
A Better Hospital For Berwick