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Public will have say on Gloucestershire hospitals

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

SCREEN: Richard Williams, volunteer computer teacher, with Jake Fisher at a free computer workshop at GL3 Community Hub

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ANY major changes to emergency surgery at the main hospitals in Cheltenham and Gloucester must be subject to "comprehensive public consultation".

That's the view of the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions health services in the county.

It is in response to news, revealed in the Echo last month, that bosses running the two hospitals could in the near future have all emergency surgery take place in just one of them.

Dr Helen Miller, clinical chairwoman of CCG, said it was "vital that any significant proposals are subject to comprehensive public consultation so there is clear in- formation on the challenges, opportunities and options for individual services to inform feedback".

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  • worriedwell2  |  January 08 2014, 2:59PM

    Perhaps Cheltenham hospital has disappeared to Gloucester already!!

  • spindles12  |  January 08 2014, 2:37PM

    The picture has nothing to do with the story, it appeared a couple of days ago and was about computer classes in Churchdown for silver surfers. Perhaps they couldn't find a picture of a hospital.

  • EllJay1  |  January 08 2014, 11:23AM

    What has the photograph got to do with the story?

  • worriedwell2  |  January 08 2014, 10:51AM

    I am delighted to hear that the public will have their say with regard any changes on emergency surgery in our hospitals in the county. I think we have heard this before with the removal of ENT, Paediatrics and overnight A+E services at Cheltenham. The important thing is not only to have the consultation, but also to listen, note and act on what the local public wants. If this had happened in the past then we would still have these services at CGH. We will no doubt hear platitudes from our local MP's about wanting the service to remain at both sites but not able or willing to step outside the party lines too far. There is little doubt the long term plan is to have all acute services on one site at Gloucester and the chronic care at Cheltenham, this is now being implemented by stealth. Worriedwell2

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  • Spud0  |  January 07 2014, 4:03PM

    If the hospital bosses took any notice of public consultations they would not have stopped providing 24 hour A&E services at Cheltenham.

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