A new document has today confirmed plans to cut maternity and A&E services at Bedford Hospital are still on the table.
As reported by BoS numerous times over the last few years, the hospital could lose key services under the Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which reviews how services are delivered across the region at Bedford, Milton Keynes and Luton hospitals.
The latest plans show:
- A&E services could be reduced in at least one of the three hospitals, ‘especially overnight’
- Consultant-led maternity care could be removed in at least one hospital, meaning only ‘low-risk births’ could take place locally
- Paediatric care at two of the hospitals could be reduced, with care concentrated for the most unwell children at one of the three sites
Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson has now sounded the alarm for residents to speak out ‘before it’s too late’.
“So I’m calling for people to respond to the paper and let STP leaders know what they think about cuts in urgent care services.”
Read more at Bedfordshire On Sunday, 7 March 2017