Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Wells Hospital - There Must be an Open Debate

As the campaign to save Wells Hospital intensifies 've today written to North Norfolk Primary Care Trust Chief Executive Diana Clark calling on her to allow a “full and frank” debate on the subject when the PCT meets on Thursday morning. More than 100 campaigners from Wells are travelling 20 miles on a fleet of specially commissioned buses to lobby the meeting to show for the Community Hospital. As I understand it the closure of Wells Hospital will only be discussed under Any Other Business for a short time. I am calling on Diana Clark to suspend the normal stand orders or rules governing the PCT meetings and allow the PCT Board members to hear the strength of feeling there is in Wells on this issue. Having discovered that the PCT has been secretly considering closure for more than two years there is bound to be a considerable amount of disquiet at the meeting at the way this has been handled. The best way forward is for the PCT to allow a full and frank debate on Thursday and let local people voice their opinions.

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