Candidate launches campaign to save Rowley Regis Hospital
2nd March 2010
James Morris, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, has today launched a campaign to save Rowley Regis hospital following an announcement by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust that they propose to close both the Eliza Tinsley and McCarthy wards at the hospital thus bringing to an end all 'in-patient' care at the hospital this year.
The announcement of the ward closures raises serious questions about the future of the Moor Lane hospital.
James Morris, who visited the hospital last year, said: 'The announcement of these proposed closures came completely out of the blue. The proposed closure of the McCarthy ward is particularly worrying as it is quite obviously the result of government cost cutting. The announcement throws the future of a much loved local community hospital into doubt. I am very concerned that this is yet another example of services being moved away from local community hospitals to centralised "mega-hospitals" in order to cut costs. Although the NHS Trust say that they have no plans to close the hospital, if Rowley Regis continues to be downgraded, then its future looks very bleak.
James spoke to the Chief Executive of the Birmingham and Sandwell Hospitals NHS Trust John Adler on Friday to seek reassurances about the future of the hospital. He has asked for an urgent meeting with members of the NHS Trust Board.
James added: 'This is an example of the reality of Labour NHS cuts beginning to bite. The Conservative Party is committed to 'increasing' spending on the NHS, a pledge the Labour Party has refused to match.'
If you would like to sign the 'Save Rowley Regis Hospital on-line petition' then sign on-line at www.saverowleyhospital.com