By Tristan Harris 29/06 Updated: 01/07 00:18
AROUND 40 residents were at the public meeting at Bromsgrove’s Churchfields Surgery on Wednesday (June 27) to discuss ideas about how healthcare could be and should be delivered in the future.
Those who went along were split into groups and, after hearing about the current situation, future possiblities and suggested models, they were urged to take part in some open debate and put forward their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
But Cathy Mole, one of those at the event, said it seemed like a ‘slick PR exercise’.
“They were at pains to point out that no decisions had been made and everything was up for discussion, sadly this is not true as they have already decided that the current set up cannot continue - from my point of view that is a big decision.
“I was astonished to learn the ‘black hole’ of finances has now increased from £50million to £200million over the next three years.”
She also added she did not think the meeting was representative of the people of Bromsgrove.
“It was one of my concerns that they would try to use the results of the workshops in this way.
“I think if people want to save the Alex and possibly the NHS from fundmental root and branch reform, they are going to have to actively fight for it.
“I am prepared to do this and I hope the people of Bromsgrove and Redditch will too.
“The Government has bailed the banks out, but isn’t the NHS much more worthy?”
A spokesperson for NHS Worcestershire said: “The event went really well and those who ran it would like to thank all of the people who took part.
“There were lots of personal views from local people which will be really valuable for the work ahead.”
She added there were still places left on future events.
They can be booked by calling 01905 733981 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
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