Posts Tagged ‘Frenchay Hospital’

Hospital campaigners grill health chiefs over Frenchay plans

Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 4:44 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Frenchay Hospital campaigners grilled health bosses at a council meeting today (Wednesday 22nd January) about the latest uncertainty that hangs over a new community hospital.

Plans for Frenchay’s new community hospital – now known as a Health and Social Care Centre – were only agreed last year and envisaged a greater range of services than that proposed in the original Bristol Health Services Plan drawn up by the previous Labour government in 2005.

But a new review of services at Frenchay has recently been jointly launched by the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust Cluster and local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The review had been due to report in March 2013, but councillors were told at today’s meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee that they would have to wait longer before any decision would be made and no specific date was forthcoming.

Local MPs Jack Lopresti and Chris Skidmore met recently with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to raise their concerns over the hospital delay.

Speaking during the meeting, Cllr John Godwin (Con, Winterbourne), a former Chairman of the Save Frenchay Hospital Group who worked on the community hospital project group, said:

 “As a member of the Frenchay Hospital project group, we carefully gathered plenty of data on local health needs and future projections and so it’s unclear what has changed in such a short time in order to justify this latest review and all the uncertainty and local concern that it has caused.”

After the meeting, he added:

“It was disappointing to hear the inability of the local NHS to give us and the local community a clear date by which we will know what changes, if any, they plan to make to our planned new community hospital.”

More: Conspiracy theories will keep circulating, says Councillor »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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Councillors asked to show support for Frenchay Hospital plans

Posted on Thursday 29th November 2012 at 6:06 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Frenchay Hospital campaigners are to ask for South Gloucestershire Council’s support in their efforts to end the latest uncertainty that hangs over a new community hospital.

Plans for Frenchay’s new community hospital – now known as a Health and Social Care Centre – were only agreed last year and envisaged a greater range of services than that proposed in the original Bristol Health Services Plan drawn up by the previous Labour government in 2005.

But a new review of services at Frenchay has recently been jointly launched by the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust Cluster and the local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Group. The review is due to report in March 2013.

In response to this, a motion has been tabled for debate by the South Gloucestershire Conservative Group at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 12th December, asking for united and cross-party support for the hospital plans.

Cllr John Godwin (Con, Winterbourne), a former Chairman of the Save Frenchay Hospital Group who worked on the community hospital project group, is putting forward the motion.

He said:

“The future of Frenchay Hospital is an incredibly important and emotive local issue ever since the previous government decided to downgrade our beloved hospital – this latest review is causing a great deal of concern in our community.”

“I fought hard as part of the Frenchay Hospital project group to secure the maximum possible health services to be provided at Frenchay and I’m not about to stop now.”

“Having secured a promise for more services than originally planned in 2005, we really need to end the uncertainty as soon as possible.”

“We want all parties on South Gloucestershire Council to support the Frenchay Health and Social Care Centre as promised to local people and the well-established and comprehensive evidence base that underpins it.”

More: Full text of the Conservative motion »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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“Threat” to Frenchay community hospital defeated

Posted on Monday 24th October 2011 at 8:54 am by SH (Editor)

Press release by the Conservative Group on SGC

The Conservatives

A vote forcing a local NHS U-turn on the new Frenchay community hospital has been narrowly defeated.

Labour councillors tabled a motion at last night’s South Gloucestershire Council meeting calling on the local North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) to overturn its decision to involve an independent provider, such as St Monica’s Trust, in the new Frenchay Community Hospital – similar to the previous Labour government’s Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at nearby Emersons Green.

Before the meeting, NBT’s Projects Directorate had warned councillors that if this happened then the scheme’s timetable would be “compromised and we will not have the new facilities in place to coincide with opening of the new Hospital at Southmead … if we are not able to progress our proposed procurement strategy, the project is very much at risk.”

When it came to the vote, only the Conservatives voted as a whole group in favour of NBT’s plans, which was enough to defeat the motion.

Read on for reaction from Tory councillors after the vote »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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Labour councillors putting hospital scheme at risk, claim Tories

Posted on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Press release by the Conservative Group on SGC

The Conservatives

The new Frenchay Community Hospital is at risk because of Labour politicking, according to health campaigners.

The criticism of Labour councillors follows their decision to table a motion at tonight’s South Gloucestershire Council meeting calling on the local NHS to overturn its decision to involve an independent provider in the new Frenchay Community Hospital – similar to the previous Labour government’s Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at nearby Emersons Green.

But – in advance of the meeting – the local North Bristol NHS Trust has warned councillors that if this happens then the scheme’s timetable will be “compromised and we will not have the new facilities in place to coincide with opening of the new Hospital at Southmead … if we are not able to progress our proposed procurement strategy, the project is very much at risk.”

Although contracts to downgrade Frenchay Hospital and stripping it of its acute services were signed by the previous Labour government shortly before the 2010 General Election, local Conservatives have been campaigning for the maximum possible health facilities to remain at Frenchay.

As a result, the range of services now envisaged for Frenchay is greater than that proposed in the original Bristol Health Services Plan drawn up by the previous Labour government in 2005 – and this has been acknowledged by the group overseeing the community hospital project.

New community hospital “at risk” claims Tory councillor »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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