South Gloucestershire Council has passed a Liberal Democrat amendment calling upon the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to involve the local community in shaping the future of health services in Thornbury and Frenchay.
Cllr Maggie Tyrell, who proposed the amendment, said: “We believe that it is critical that the NHS listen to representatives of the local community when it comes to new health provision at Thornbury and Frenchay. I’m very pleased that Council supported my amendment, which calls on the CCG to set up stakeholder groups for both locations. Listening to residents, making use of their local knowledge, and understanding their priorities and health needs is vital if the CCG want to make a success of both Thornbury and Frenchay.”
Cllr Shirley Holloway, who chairs the Friends of Thornbury Hospital, said: “It is extremely frustrating that progress towards securing a new Hospital and Health Centre has recently been delayed yet again! The Conservatives have given us warm words and visits by ministers, but no real progress. In many ways it feels like we are back to Square 1. However, these stakeholder groups would be a step in the right direction in ensuring that we get the right health facilities at Thornbury at long last.”