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GPs: More should have been done to save Ludlow Health Village plan
DOCTORS from a surgery in Ludlow have refuted the claim that all possible steps were taken in a bid to try to salvage the doomed Hospital and Health Village.
The doctors from the Portcullis Surgery believe that more could have been done to try to bridge the £1.1 million annual funding gap.
Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust claims it ‘left no stone unturned’ in looking for options but could only marginally reduce the shortfall to £800,000.
But the GPs disagree and insist much more could have been done.
“We are disappointed that the Community Trust has involved us only to a limited extent in participating in developing suggestions in order to bridge the funding gap,” the doctors have said in an open letter to the Trust.
“The gap was substantially reduced in the few workshops that were held in order to explore ideas and if more time had been given to allow these ideas as well as any others to be adequately explored the gap could have been reduced and the risk would have been substantially mitigated.
“Penalties that will result from the cancellation of the project will be substantial and would in fact be enough to fund the shortfall for many years to come, allowing sufficient time for increasing throughput in the hospital and bridging the financial gap in the future.”
Doctors from both the Portcullis and Station Road surgeries had been strong supporters of the hospital and health village scheme that would have provided them with new premises on the Eco Park.
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