Beds battle hots up

Beds battle hots up

Fierce opposition is facing health bosses trying to close the 18 beds at Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury.

High profile campaigners include MPs, councillors, and parish and town councils, all trying to stop the closures.

Latest is Cecilia Ferriman, from Fonthill Gifford Parish Council, who said today: “It is ludicrous at a time when the beds in acute hospitals such as Odstock are blocked by patients well enough to leave but not well enough to manage by themselves.

“There is a very strong local protest against this in Dorset but not so much in Wiltshire as Wilts residents have been kept pretty much in the dark. The closures, would of course, have an equally  serious impact on Wiltshire residents who live in the catchment area.”

Cecilia urged Wiltshire residents, most of whom have not been consulted, to protest and make submissions to the Clinical Commissioning Group before February 28.

“Time is very tight. We need as many residents as possible to fill in the questionnaire, either on line or on paper, but many Wilts residents have heard little or nothing about it,” she emphasised.

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