Hospital Closures Clause

We all agree that NHS services such as hospitals, accident and emergency and maternity services are there for crises and joy.

Having stepped in twice to prevent Lewisham Hospital’s closure, 38 Degrees is convinced that public support is needed to prevent further threats to our hospitals and fears the Government may shortly have the power to close any hospital against the wishes of the local community.

NHS foundation trusts in England in financial trouble have nearly doubled in the past year from 21 to 39 which leads 38 Degrees to believe that the Government is as determined to close good hospitals to bail out those which are struggling.  The Hospital Closures Clause would allow the Government to do so against even the strongest opposition from local patients and doctors. 

Having lost twice in Court on closure of Lewisham Hospital against the wishes of local people, doctors and nurses, 38 Degrees reports plans are afoot to bring in legislation giving power to quickly close any local hospital without listening to local people.

The new law – the ‘hospital closure clause’ of the Care Bill – empowers the Government to close any hospital within 40 days, despite how well it performs.  Government Ministers, according to 38 Degrees, are determined to push this legislation through and consider it could be as little as one week before MPs vote this into reality.

In order to prevent this, 38 Degrees believe we must vote now to decide whether they should launch a big campaign.

YES – 38 Degrees SHOULD

The 38 Degrees staff team sit down on Monday morning to plan the week ahead and decide on how to allocate resources, most important issue being what 38 Degrees members think.

Should trying to stop the hospital closure clause be 38 Degrees’ top priority over the next few weeks? Please vote now to help decide whether to launch a big campaign by clicking on the buttons below.

With thanks from Becky, Ian, Rebecca, David and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

NOTES
Hospital Closure Clause. Read more on 38 Degrees blog http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/02/20/nhs-what-is-the-hospital-closure-clause/
BBC News: Rise in NHS Foundation Trusts with deficit, says Monitor hospitals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26299423

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