Plans to close Babington Hospital in Belper and replace it with fewer services further away were published on Friday 23rd June at the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting in Derby.
At the same time, the government’s Naylor Report encourages C.C.Gs to sell off NHS land as a means of finding funding. We completely oppose this.
We oppose a reduction or a transfer of services since they reflect the significant cut-backs in funding for the NHS
Babington’s Ward closures, including the Day Ward, would break up the much valued and highly qualified medical team. Further it would mean that the most vulnerable patients would have to go to already overstretched Ripley Hospital or the more distant Ashbourne, Ilkeston or Chesterfield Hospitals.
Local patients and medical staff are concerned that the new facility could be like the Florence Shipley facility in Heanor which cannot cope with those with patients more challenging needs
Although Derbyshire health managers claim that Care at Home is preferable, there is an increasing amount of evidence from such respected research institutes as the King’s Fund that Care at Home cannot effectively replace Acute or Community Hospital provision. It is also important to note that currently there is no adequate funding to implement this safely and effectively.
Derbyshire Save Our NHS insists that full and appropriate funding is made available to either continue the Babington facilities as a much respected Community Hospital or that any changes do not break up staff teams or offer fewer or more limited services, while selling off the land to private developers.
PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 10th July 7.30 Strutts Community Centre, Belper. William Jones from DCHS invited
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