Tuesday, 5 February 2013
THREAT TO QEQM HOSPITAL TO BE DEBATED
Potentially damaging changes to Thanets health services will be debated in a public meeting in Broadstairs on Thursday 14 February at 7pm.
Called Whats Happening to our NHS? the meeting will highlight the radical changes which will be brought in this April and discuss what this will mean to the QEQM hospital.
Meeting organiser Christine Tongue of the Save Our Health Service group said: Unless we wake up to whats going on, I believe we are going to lose much of what we value in our NHS.
Local GPs will take over commissioning health care and they will be required to make swingeing cuts in the services on offer.
Christine said that she believes this will also mean increasing privatisation of the NHS in Thanet which will have a major impact on the QEQM hospital.
Private companies will take over services once provided by QEQM and QEQM will cut back on services we once took for granted, Christine warned.
The hospital itself is likely to shift more to private medicine, she claimed.
The new changes mean that hospital trusts can gain a much bigger percentage of their income from private medicine. QEQM, I believe, will turn more to private patients in order to balance its books.
Speakers invited to take part in the meeting include Dr Tony Martin, chair of Thanets new Clinical Commissioning Group, local consultant psychiatrist Dick Symonds, and a representative of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign.
The meeting will take place at 7pm in the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs.