This Friday (10th of June) there will be a Derby-wide discussion on the future of Babington Hospital, which will be followed by a protest.
With the future of Babington Hospital currently uncertain, local group Belper Keep Our NHS Public are asking residents to join them to discuss what is happening to health provision in Derbyshire and to local hospitals like Babington.
Organiser Keith Venables said:
“We need to wake and realise that the way this government is going, there may soon be no NHS”
The busy hospital specialises in many areas, from podiatry to blood tests and has sixteen beds reserved especially for rehabilitation with a dedicated and highly specialised team.
Do big NHS changes really mean big cuts in Derbyshire?
Belper NHSSOS argue that “The brand new Sustainability ad Transformation Plans are likely to cut half a billion pounds of Derbyshire Health budget in the next 4 years. Where will the Axe fall? Jobs? Services? Community Hospitals? More privatisation?”
What are the Sustainability and Transformation Plans?
In December 2015, the NHS came together to publish ‘Delivering the Forward View: NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2016/17 – 2020/21’. It outlined a new, sustainable approach to try to ensure that health and care services were built around the requirements of local populations.
To achieve this, every health and care system in England has had to produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will change and become sustainable over the next five years – with the aim of delivering what the NHS call a ‘Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.’
How can you get involved?
If you are concerned about the future of the hospital you can join NHSSOS for a special meeting to explain this at 3pm and protest outside Babington Community Hospital at 4pm.
Nailed will be at event should you wish to talk to us.
Friday 10th June from 3pm at Belper Strutts Community Centre, Derby Rd., Belper (DE561UU)
Protest 4pm Outside Babington Hospital, A6 (DE56 1UU)
Photo: Emma Clinton