Thornbury "sold down the river" by the NHS
Thornbury Hospital campaigners have reacted with anger to news that the NHS will not be providing rehabilitation beds in the town. Instead NHS chiefs are proposing providing just 6-10 community beds within a private nursing home, with all the rehabilitation beds going to the old Frenchay Hospital site.
Long time Thornbury Hospital Campaigner Shirley Holloway (Lib Dem, Thornbury South and Alveston) said:
"Once again Thornbury is being sold down the river by the NHS. This decision is unbelievable. Of course the aim is to treat more people at home, but this is not appropriate for everyone.
“Although the ward has only 20 beds now there are always a few patients from Thornbury and they are always very grateful for the caring staff and the superb treatment they receive."
The Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Cllr Sue Hope said:
"I welcome the signs of progress on Frenchay and Thornbury, but it is disappointing to see the NHS backtracking on promises. How long will it be viable to provide those few beds within a private nursing home? They look like an attempt to hide the fact they are not delivering what they previously promised for Thornbury."
NHS chiefs have also announced their latest proposals for a new health centre on the Thornbury Hospital site.
Cllr Maggie Tyrrell, the Liberal Democrat Adults and Housing Spokesperson, said:
"Those of us who have been fighting for years to get Thornbury the health services it needs have been here before. When you find your way through the fog of words and spin, what are they actually promising? When will it be built, who will pay for it? I hope that this time words will become reality."
Thornbury and Yate Parliamentary Spokesperson Claire Young said:
"Thornbury is growing rapidly and local services haven't kept up. Many people have told me how difficult it is to see a GP in the town so a new, larger health centre would be great, if the GPs can be found to staff it. I think for many though it will be a case of we'll believe it when we see it."