• Government review to report

    Today the Government’s Independent Reconfiguration Panel will report to the Health Secretary on their review of the closure of the G5 end-of-life care ward.

    willg5The report is not made public immediately, it can take up to a month.

    I look forward to reading the report and I hope that they have taken note of the serious concerns raised by patients, their families and staff at the hospital.

    When making substantial changes to care the hospital must always consult the public.

    I hope that the report will recommend that a full public consultation takes place and that the G5 ward should be reopened – at least while any new model of care is trialled first to see how it compares.

    I will be writing to the Health Secretary to re-iterate the strength of public opinion against the closure of the G5 ward and calling on him to carefully consider the details of the panel’s report as the decision about what action, if any, should be taken ultimately lies with him.

    (Photo courtesy of The News, Portsmouth)