Leek Hospital Meeting Taken Over By Residents And Campaigners

Last night’s (11 March) local consultation meeting with the CCG panel in Leeks St Edwards School Westwood Leek was effectively taken over by campaigners and residents as soon the meeting was opened. As the meeting opened Cllr Charlotte Atkins informed the panel that the previous format for these meetings was not effective in allowing key questions to be asked and that this the last such meeting would be different The video presentation and CCG table facilitators led discussions were shelved Leek Town Councillor Stephen Wales lead the direct questioning of the CCGs top brass about standards and medical competence in the various Care homes that the CCG are planning to use in place of NHS Rehabilitation beds. Other campaigners including Cllrs Pam Wood, Cllr Linda Malyon and local campaigner Chris Taylor followed suit with more questions citing poor transport links and a lack of equality in service provision for residents of the Moorlands – especially the elderly. Patient groups and others followed suit speaking with passion and insight into the effect of some proposed changes. The four strong CCG panel including Marcus Warnes were questioned repeatedly about the reduction in locally delivered services and the location of the proposed care homes. There was strong support in the hall for the retention of rehabilitation beds in Leek and Cheadle. During the meeting it was revealed that the Phlebotomy Blood Testing service would be reinstated in full to Leek Hospital after complaints that many patients were being referred to Meir and Cobridge centres for this basic service due to lack of CCG funding