This is the first update on my campaign to maintain the GP beds at the Lady Forester Nursing Home in Much Wenlock.
I will have a meeting with Prof Rod Thomson, Shropshire Council’s Director of Public Health, this week. I have a meeting scheduled next week with Philip Dunne MP. I have put a paper to Much Wenlock Town Council (of which I am a member) asking that this be considered at their meeting on 1st September – at 7:00pm in the Guildhall. Specifically, I am proposing:
- The Town Council considers its position on the potential closure of the GP beds facility and
- The Town Council considers what action it will take to support the maintenance of the GP beds and any other actions in respect of the CCG’s financial challenges and
- The Town Council delegates authority to the Town Clerk and/or others to ensure that its aims are met.
I have written to David Evans, Accountable Officer of the CCG, setting out my opposition to the proposed sacrifice of the GP beds and asking to meet him.
I have written a letter to the Bridgnorth Journal with a similar message. I’m hoping that the Bridgnorth Journal will be running stories on this in the next week.
I am expecting to speak on BBC Radio Shropshire tomorrow morning at 08:15 on the Eric Smith and Clare Ashford breakfast programme on BBC Radio Shropshire tomorrow morning.
I have visited the Lady Forester Nursing Home to update myself on the current developments – a lot has taken place since English Care acquired the home in 2010.
I understand that the League of Friends have placed a petition in a number of shops in Much Wenlock and the medical practice, and it is receiving considerable support.