Calls for hospital inquiry

CALLS have been made for a public inquiry into the decision to scrap Clevedon’s new hospital project.

At a meeting of Clevedon Town Council on October 3, Cllr Trevor Morgan branded the scheme, which has cost the NHS �3million and was cancelled in July because it was considered unaffordable, a waste of public money.

He said: “There should be a full public inquiry.

“It is atrocious this amount of money has been spent.”

During the meeting, other members raised concerns about the future of the current Old Street hospital and plans for future healthcare in Clevedon.

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Cllr David Shopland said: “We need an assurance that the current hospital will not be affected financially by the completely illogical and badly-administered set-up for the new hospital.”

Cllr Bob Garner, who represents the town council on the Clevedon Hospital Redevelopment Project Advisory Board, said issues such as future transport arrangements for those having to travel to Weston or Bristol for appointments now need to be considered.

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He said: “It is regrettable the current financial situation has resulted in the project being reassessed.

“It think the future for services that involve specific staff and equipment is for them to be placed regrettably elsewhere.

“If this is going to be the way then patient transport should be considered more than it is.”

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