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Trust chiefs try to salvage something of Ludlow hospital plan
7:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
HEALTH chiefs say that work is underway to see if there is any way of salvaging something from the wreckage of the debacle of the Ludlow Hospital and Health Village.
One of the options being looked at is changing the plans to a smaller building offering a limited range of services.
Following the announcement that Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is not in a position to fund the £1.1 million annual funding gap on the planned Ludlow Health Facility, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has been working on a range of alternative plans to close the gap.
Work has begun on trying to find solutions to reduce the identified funding shortfall.
The trust has vowed to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in trying to find a resolution.
“We have already been clear that we are dedicated to community health services in Ludlow and we have also been clear that we will explore every possible option to make the current plan happen,” said Julia Bridgewater, interim chief executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
“In doing this work we have asked a range of partner organisations, patient and community representatives, trust staff and other stakeholders that have a scrutiny role to help us work up potential solutions.
“We are looking at other areas of potential activity that could transfer into the new facility, which would attract income to help bridge the gap.”
The trust is planning a workshop session involving staff, patient representatives and other stakeholders to help identify further ideas and share work to date.
Progress will be reported at the trust’s board meeting on Thursday, September 19, in the Plymouth suite of Ludlow Racecourse starting at 9.30am.
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