By Council candidate, Steve Haynes:
Health bosses are making a recommendation to next Monday’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee that Stratton Hospital 24 hour services are to re-open as a Doctor led Community Treatment Centre from August, in a trial that will last till March next year.
Residents of the surrounding parishes will be able to both make appointments and also walk-in with urgent problems at any time of the day or night.
Steve Haynes, a founding member of the Save Stratton MIU campaign, said:
‘Our primary campaign demand has always been to re-open Stratton MIU overnight services as a doctor-led 24/7 hospital and this looks like a significant victory for our community. It was clear that both residents and hospital staff need to feel safe here, and this looks like a clear way forward to delivering potentially better services to residents who have sometimes felt forgotten by NHS bosses. This positive move is a tribute to those members of our campaign who have attended long meetings both here and in Truro, asking difficult questions and making the decision-makers understand that the needs of Bude and Stratton people cannot be ignored.’
He did make one note of caution.
‘We have a Community Panel Meeting in Bude on Monday 8th July which will be attended by NHS bosses and will be totally devoted to Stratton MIU. It is essential that we have a big attendance and continue to ask questions so that we can be absolutely sure of what the community is being offered. We in the Labour Party and the Save Stratton MIU campaign will continue to ask those difficult questions and will continue to fight for our ongoing demand to significantly upgrade Stratton Hospital to better meet the needs of our isolated communities. I hope to see many of you there!’