Newport Councillor urges residents to attend NHS Future Fit vote
Written by Dean Churm on January 28, 2019
A vote on the future of local hospital services will be taken tomorrow at a joint meeting of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) for Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Councillor Peter Scott, Independent Borough Councillor for Newport North and West, and Town Councillor for Newport East, has urged local residents to attend the meeting being held at Harper Adams University.
The CCG panel will vote on whether the county’s only Accident and Emergency department will be based at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford or the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, although it’s widely thought that the preferred option of the CCG’s will be for it to be based in Shrewsbury, despite the result of a public consultation which rejected the proposal.
Questions from the public will not be permitted at the meeting with the CCG’s saying that the public are invited to watch the proceedings “in the interests of being open, transparent, and honest”.
Councillor Scott, who is also the Mayor of Newport, said “I have been encouraging residents to participate in the Future Fit consultation for the last year. We may not be able to speak at the meeting but it’s important we make our presence felt by attending. It’s important that we hear the decision from the horse’s mouth.”
The meeting will be held in the Queen Mother’s Hall at Harper Adams University Newport, TF10 8NB starting at 6.30pm. An agenda can be found on the CCG website. It will also be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend at nhsfuturefit.org