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Martin Taylor-Smith believes that Ludlow hospital could still be viable
9:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
MARTIN Taylor-Smith has broken his silence in order to speak out about the Ludlow Hospital project.
The former Ludlow councillor, Shropshire Council cabinet member, and one-time Conservative parliamentary candidate, says he still believes in the £27 million hospital and health village project.
He believes that the scheme was good for Ludlow and disputes the view that it is not economically viable.
Martin says that the review that found the hospital not to be viable moves key goalposts such as altering the catchment areas for the hospital.
“The questions that were asked made the answer inevitable but people have not moved and with an ageing population I believe that the hospital is needed,” he said.
“I am also very worried about the comment that the existing hospital is good for another two to five years.
“This is nothing and I fear that at the end of that time we may find ourselves with no hospital.”
Martin, who fought hard for the new hospital, also believes that the project fell victim to the Government’s changes to the health service.
“This resulted in a key delay and allowed time for this review,” he added. “I also believe that the campaign by the SALTS (Save a Ludlow Town Centre Surgery) set the scheme back six months and lost vital time in getting work underway.
“I believe that we need this hospital to meet the changing and expanding health needs of the local community in the coming years,” added Martin.
“It is wrong that people who fought so hard for this facility are now in the firing line.”
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