Plans to cut over £270 million pound from the NHS budget in Coventry and Warwickshire have been announced.
The plans, partly leaked in the local media earlier this week are now available to view online. Commenting on the plans, Leader of North Warwickshire Labour Group, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“I’m pleased that this plan has finally been published, local people have been kept in the dark for far too long.
The problem with this plan is that it’s very vague about the future of services at George Eliot Hospital. It confirms intentions to move the stroke unit to University Hospital in Coventry but it doesn’t clarify the issues that have caused local uproar. Will there still be an A&E and Maternity unit at George Eliot in 2020?
The plan confirms that University Hospital in Coventry will continue to have an A&E and a Maternity Unit in 2020. No such guarantee is provided for services at George Eliot. That is worrying for the community of North Warwickshire.
This report seems to be written in code, it is vague and unnecessarily complex. It does not provide the certainty local people need about our local hospital.
Labour will fight any attempts to remove services from the George Eliot. We need our local hospital and local people can be assured that we’re on their side.”