Save all local health services and sign the petition, urge campaigners in Wisbech

Fighting to save services at local hospitals. Leafletting in Wisbech Market Place

Fighting to save services at local hospitals. Leafletting in Wisbech Market Place - Credit: Archant

Health care is in jeopardy - and not just the minor injury units - according to protesters who held a leafletting campaign in Wisbech market place.

People are being urged to sign a petition to save local health services which campaigners say are in danger.

Dave Patrick said: “I was overwhelmed by the response of local people in support of the campaign. People have major concerns about the possible closure of the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) and how this can have a knock-on effect to other services, for example the ambulance service.”

Mike Bucknor said: “Handing out leaflets and speaking to the many very concerned Wisbech residents, it’s clear to me that the people of Wisbech are furious that yet again a major Wisbech resource is under threat.

“A town that has no rail links, no direct road links to King’s Lynn or Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, an NHS registered population of around 44,000 and a projected further 12,000 new houses to be built; a total of around 66,000 residents.

“What is the Government funded Clinical Commissioning Group thinking? Or are they?”

Sue Marshall, chairman of the North East Cambridgeshire Labour Party, said: “The battle for local NHS services is not simply about the loss of the minor injuries unit MIU at the North Cambs Hospital, it is about the draconian cuts being forced on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) by the Government, which is forcing many other cuts to be considered.

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“The Uniting Care contract was naively and badly handled by the CCG leading to losses, but these pale into significance against the projected shortfall of £250 million in the CCG’s “health economy” by 2020.

“Outpatient services, intermediate care beds, radiograpy (X-ray) are at risk of closure. We need to make our voices heard now.”

“There is a deliberate shift from hospital based to home based care. Intermediate care beds will be available only for patients with the most complex needs, continuing health care complex cases and mental health beds.

“The review will run until March 2017 with any changes starting from March 2017.”

• Public meetings with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are on:

• Tuesday September 20 at 6.30pm at Queen Mary Centre Queens Road Wisbech.

• Wednesday September 21 at 6.30pm at Chatteris Parish Church, Market Hill.

• Tuesday September 27 at 6.30pm at The Maltings, Ship Lane.