Review of Ludlow hospital plans showed that scheme promises were pie in the sky (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Review of Ludlow hospital plans showed that scheme promises were pie in the sky
9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
JOYCE Brand, who led the campaign to save a town centre GP surgery in Ludlow, believes that the review of the project shows that much of what was promised was pie in the sky.
The SALTS g roup believes that the work of the Clinical Commissioning Group demonstrates that the assumptions behind the £27 million hospital and health village never stood up.
“We discovered that the present Ludlow Hospital has never been identified as not fit for purpose,” said Joyce..
“In fact the reports have always rated the hospital as good with no focus on any poor physical standards – though there is a need to do some upgrading.
“The total cost of this work will be £156,000 which is so very far away from the cost of the health facility at £27 million.”
She said that SALTS had been derided when it questioned the figures in the business case for the new hospital but had now been vindicated.
“It seems heart-breaking for the people who had pinned hopes on the provision of something that was never going to happen, or more precisely never going to happen in the form that was described,”
“From the information given it became obvious that the only really new provision would have been the building – the promises for oncology, surgery which would have required anaesthetic, and all the other goodies were never going to be possible.”
She said SALTS remained determined to make sure that a GP surgery remained in the town centre.
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