Concerns over the future of our hospital

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
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I am increasingly concerned about the future of Bassetlaw Hospital.

A meeting took place of hospital campaign groups at the weekend fighting the closure of hospitals across Britain including the decimation of Newark Hospital and campaigners from Staffordshire where Stafford Hospital has had savage cutbacks.

I can now reveal that a major incident at a London airport resulted in minor injuries being transported in some cases 400 miles to trauma units at specialist hospitals, despite being treatable locally and the whole incident has been covered up by the airline concerned and the authorities.

I will be providing more details on this to Parliament.

The model we have being implemented has some advantages in treatment, for some patients.

It has huge disadvantages for others.

It is not what the top health systems in the world are doing- instead it the American model, where you book in, including for emergencies, with your credit card. No money no treatment.

Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament- and I was sat there as he did, that District General Hospitals would be protected by his Government.

The opposite is now happening.

To give you an example of other systems, in Iceland, where stroke survival rates are 97 per cent, much higher than here, stroke treatment is done by GPs in your immediate area.

Therefore stroke emergencies are treated within the golden hour that maximizes your chances.

Here you will need an ambulance (sometimes from South of Mansfield) and a journey to Doncaster. That is why more Icelanders survive strokes. Our changes are ten years behind the times and semi rural areas like ours now face a second class service.

I am therefore making contact with these campaign groups, often led by health professionals, and I am inviting them to Bassetlaw.

I need your help with our ambulance campaigning.

Will you take a petition street to your club, or church or pensioners group.

We need your help and petition sheets are available at my office.

We will be really hitting the streets this month and your help is needed more than ever.

Please call in on Friday or Monday at my office and get your petition sheet.