General View of Doddington Community Hospital

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding two public meetings in North East Cambridgeshire next week, to discuss the future of the MIU and Outpatient services in our area. Although the CCG maintain in public that no decisions have been made about the future of our services, I have seen a leaked document from a senior official at the CCG earlier this year which suggests otherwise. The document states that the “only option” is to close the MIU units in both Doddington and Wisbech, and we need to ensure that the public consultation which now takes place reflects the assurances belatedly made by the CCG.

These services are vital to our area and losing them would be hugely detrimental. I urge everyone available to attend these meetings. I have also already met with the Chair of the CCG Dr Howsam for a one to one meeting following these revelations to make clear my opposition to any closure, am meeting in the next fortnight with the Chief Executive of the CCG again, and will be chairing a meeting of senior health professions including the CCG in mid-September to review the large amount of data that I have requested from the CCG in order to challenge any possible closure.
The public meetings will be on:

• Tuesday 23 August, 7.00-9.00pm at Doddington Recreation Hall, Doddington Community Hospital, Benwick Road, Doddington, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0UG

• Thursday 25 August, 6.30-8.30pm at the Rosmini Centre, 69A Queens Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 2PH

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