Guest column: Children’s ward campaign is anything but scaremongering

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

Local people can sign up to be members of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in order to have a greater say over the direction of healthcare locally and to stand as governors at the hospital.

Having looked at the upcoming meetings of the board of governors, it is disappointing that they all take place in Doncaster.

It is time Bassetlaw had a greater say on its own direction.

Local people can become members by going to:

If you do not have access to the internet please get in touch with me at or 01909 506200.

Before Christmas, a tiny handful of people accused me and the families who launched the campaign to save the children’s ward at Bassetlaw hospital of scaremongering.

I recently met a mother whose two year-old was transferred to Doncaster Hospital.

Her daughter’s notes were lost during the transfer and she was then discharged at 1am due to a lack of beds.

The wrong date of birth was put on her records, which were sent to a care home for the elderly – which is also a potential breach of data protection.

More and more parents are bringing similar cases to me.

Thank you to them for speaking up and for all those who support the campaign.

So much for allegations of scaremongering.

On a brighter note, the campaign has been bolstered by recent fundraising events.

The zumbathon at St John’s School in Worksop raised £750.

Thankyou to the organisers and to everyone who went along.

If you would like to donate to the campaign please call my office on 01909 506200.

What is not spent on the campaign will be donated to the children’s ward.

Local charity JOEL supports families through pregnancy and parenting after the loss of a baby.

The work that the charity has already done includes raising £40,000 towards a family suite at Bassetlaw Hospital’s maternity unit for bereaved families as well as funding a local stillbirth and neo-natal death support group.

If you think you would benefit from the support 
of JOEL then please go to the website at or email

I am delighted that the charity has been awarded the top £50,000 prize in The People’s Projects, a collaboration between ITV and the National Lottery.

Thankyou to everyone who voted for the cause and well done to the charity.

The money will enable it to continue the important work it does and it is great to see the recognition and support that the charity has locally.