Hands Off Hinchingbrooke regret that their campaign was not able to prevent the takeover of Hinchingbrooke Hospital by Peterborough & Stamford Foundation Trust which will go through on April Fool’s Day 2017.
Campaign members have doggedly attended Board Meetings, Health Scrutiny meetings, council meetings and have represented the Huntingdonshire community as best they could but being volunteers taking on the might of NHS England decision makers was never going to be an easy task. The Huntingdon District Council Overview & Scrutiny Committee examined the details of what was then called the MERGER and agreed with us that it was just not in the best interests of the residents of Huntingdonshire and clearly said so. This was very supportive for the campaign group, who have have faced rudeness from Board members, CCG members and NHS officials but have continued to fight for the right to make information regarding what is happening to our NHS available to the public.
The campaign members met recently and decided to continue to fight the changes which will inevitably be forced onto Hinchingbrooke by the takeover, and to monitor and oppose the down grading of healthcare services throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by the Sustainability & Transformation Plans that are now dictating all the smaller incidences of mergers, downgrades and closures.
As Hands off Hinchingbrooke spokesperson Rob Gardiner said:
“We are even more determined now to reveal the full story behind Huntingdon losing it’s hospital services. What we have to look out for now is the reduction in full A&E emergency services, the “reallocation” of public land that Peterborough Executives will deem as non-necessary and sell to developers for housing, the shared backroom services that will give an IT company huge sums of money… it really is not a pretty picture.”
Hands Off Hinchingbrooke believe the people of Huntingdonshire will begin to see alarming changes very soon and are preparing to be available to offer help and advice to community members who want to do something to protect their health services for the future local population.
If you want to help protect services in our area then please get in touch. We need to whole community to get involved. We are local people from all walks of life who are working together to fight the dismantling of our NHS and the threat to our local community hospital. Please join us.
We meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7pm at Huntingdonshire Community Church, 86A High Street, Huntingdon, and our meetings are open to all.
You can email us at anytime [email protected]!