The biggest day to give people a chance to air problems with the NHS has been booked - for the same day as the Rose Fair in Wisbech

North East MP Steve Barclay

North East MP Steve Barclay - Credit: Archant

A forum for the public to give their views on the NHS has been labelled “bonkers” after organisers booked it for the same day as the Rose Fair.

On what is possibly the busiest day on the Wisbech calendar the Saturday cafe event has been arranged at the town’s library.

North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay said: “The Rose Fair is Wisbech’s biggest event of the year. It shows poor planning on the part of those carrying out this consultation.

“The future provision of healthcare in this area is something I feel passionately about and it is important that the views of the people on NHS services in Fenland are heard.

“I hope the organisers will take on board the need to change the date, and if necessary hold a supplementary consultation on a different day.”

He said it was ‘bonkers’ to hold a consultation café on the same day as the fair which attracts hundreds of visitors from across the region.

Mr Barclay fears local people will miss out on the opportunity to have their say when it is run at Wisbech library on July 4.

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The cafe is one of five across the region being held to give people the chance to air their views on the NHS and if anything needs to be changed.

Mr Barclay has pointed out the potential issue to health chiefs who have now agreed to look at re-scheduling the event, which is due to run from 10am to noon.

However, there is a worry that a change of date could lead to confusion for those who do intend to turn up on July 4.

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