Saturday, 21 April 2018

Public meeting to discuss Townlands beds

A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the Townlands Hospital redevelopment and Save Our Beds campaign.

A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the Townlands Hospital redevelopment and Save Our Beds campaign.

The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group wants to install a next-day rapid access care unit at the new hospital alongside up to 14 beds in the neighbouring care home.

Residents and councillors have campaigned for 18 beds to be installed in the hospital building, as promised in the original plans.

Councillor Ian Reissmann, who chairs the Townlands Steering Group, said the commissioning group was no longer prepared to discuss any beds in the hospital itself.

?We felt our plan to install 18 beds alongside the rapid access care unit and then phase them out was a good one,? he said.

?We are disappointed that the commissioning group won?t entertain the idea of beds in the hospital.

"We are now left with a simple choice: to continue discussing their plans with them despite our misgivings or to engage in legal action to force them to stop.?

The meeting will be held at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road on Monday at 7.30pm. The steering group will talk about its meetings with the commissioning group and its options going forward.

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