£15m plans for new units at Burnley General Hospital

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: £15m plans for new units at Burnley General Hospital £15m plans for new units at Burnley General Hospital

HEALTH campaigners and MPs have welcomed the possibility of a new surgical unit and opthalmology centre and Burnley General Hospital.

East Lancashire health bosses are currently in the process of drawing up two bids for a new £10million specialist eye clinic, and a £5million surgical unit at Burnley General Hospital, to serve patients across East Lancashire.

Today three Lancashire MPs, Gordon Birtwistle, Jake Berry and Andrew Stephenson, will meet the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to aim to get his backing for the two proposals.

The news has been welcomed by politicians and health watchdogs from across the east of the county.

Rossendale and Darwen MP Mr Berry said: “I think it’s really important that we do all we can do to ensure we have an excellent local NHS and new services coming to Burnley.

“It gives people from Rossendale a real choice, and Gordon Birtwistle and I are both committed to campaign for this.

“We think it’s achieveable and we’ll both be working to make sure we do what we can to deliver it for people locally.”

Ron O’Keeffe, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s health scrutiny committee, said: “Indeed, we would welcome this.

“What the NHS is planning now is specialist centres where people are dealt with.

“If that’s what the NHS is planning then that’s the best thing, as long as people are prepared to travel for their treatment, that’s the main thing.

“And people will have to be prepared to travel, because it’s the thing of the future, to have first class services, that’s what it’s all about.”

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2:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

Thats the problem tho, many DO NOT want to travel for specialist services or even basic ones like maternity. Its rumoured all cardiac services are on the move to Manchester. we in Blackburn had a working hospital with a full range of services, but not longer since the health authority decided to waste money via a PFI and build a hospital that is not fit for purpose and out of reach of many unless you go by ambulance or pay for a taxi.
Thats the problem tho, many DO NOT want to travel for specialist services or even basic ones like maternity. Its rumoured all cardiac services are on the move to Manchester. we in Blackburn had a working hospital with a full range of services, but not longer since the health authority decided to waste money via a PFI and build a hospital that is not fit for purpose and out of reach of many unless you go by ambulance or pay for a taxi. jimpy0

5:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

jimpy0 wrote:
Thats the problem tho, many DO NOT want to travel for specialist services or even basic ones like maternity. Its rumoured all cardiac services are on the move to Manchester. we in Blackburn had a working hospital with a full range of services, but not longer since the health authority decided to waste money via a PFI and build a hospital that is not fit for purpose and out of reach of many unless you go by ambulance or pay for a taxi.
Very true, they assume that we are all well provided for and all have cars.

Perhaps if less was spent on advisors, managers and consultants, then the money could be spent on the fundamental needs, ie nurses, cleaners and porters.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: Thats the problem tho, many DO NOT want to travel for specialist services or even basic ones like maternity. Its rumoured all cardiac services are on the move to Manchester. we in Blackburn had a working hospital with a full range of services, but not longer since the health authority decided to waste money via a PFI and build a hospital that is not fit for purpose and out of reach of many unless you go by ambulance or pay for a taxi.[/p][/quote]Very true, they assume that we are all well provided for and all have cars. Perhaps if less was spent on advisors, managers and consultants, then the money could be spent on the fundamental needs, ie nurses, cleaners and porters. DaveBurnley

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