07 JUL 2017

Therese asks Health Secretary to Intervene in Sale of Community Hospitals

Therese has today written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP to once again request that the money from the sale of both Southwold Community and Patrick Stead hospitals be re-invested in local healthcare provision.

Her request comes as a result of the recent Naylor Review, which the Prime Minister has indicated that she is formally accepting, which states that any sale receipts from locally owned assets will not be recovered centrally, provided the disposal is in agreement with the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Therese said: "The recent Naylor review gives us an opportunity to again press the case that the money from the sale of our two community hospitals is re-invested locally. The Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG 'Shape the System' plan promised that NHS nursing beds in local care homes would be provided instead of keeping the two hospitals open because it was clinically sound to do so. Despite the need for capital to be invested into this plan, there has been no previous guarantee that the money from the sale of the hospitals would be re-invested in local healthcare but the Naylor Review suggests that guarantee should be made".

Therese added: "I have written to the Health Secretary to ask him to intervene directly on this matter to support the 'Shape of the System' plan and to realise the recommendation set out in the review".

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