Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed South Gloucestershire Council taking on the lead commissioner role for proposed health and care facilities at Thornbury and Frenchay – but stress that the proposals do not go far enough.
Thornbury councillor, Maggie Tyrrell, said: “Lib Dem councillors have been campaigning for new health and care facilities for Thornbury for years. While we welcome this latest news on rehabilitation and care services, we are concerned that no plans have yet been forthcoming to replace outpatient services currently provided by Thornbury Hospital, which is due to be decommissioned within the next few years. We would call upon the local NHS and the Council to work together to draw up plans that will address all of Thornbury’s health needs, not just one aspect of them.
“In December Cllr Shirley Holloway and I successfully passed an amendment at Council calling upon the Conservative administration to ensure that community stakeholder groups are set up as part of the process of commissioning new health services at Thornbury and Frenchay. We will be reminding the administration that they must honour this commitment to local people, to ensure that residents’ voices are heard as part of this process.”
Commenting on proposed facilities, Lib Dem lead member for Heath Scrutiny, Cllr Sue Hope, said: “While we welcome any additional health services for South Gloucestershire, we must be clear that these proposals still fall far short of meeting future local health needs. The new Thornbury facility will likely see 6-10 NHS beds and around 36 beds for dementia patients within a nursing home. This in no way constitutes a ‘new hospital’ for Thornbury, despite misleading Conservative claims to the contrary. We will continue to lobby Government and local health managers to deliver the health facilities local people need.”