Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Residents turned away from Townlands meeting

MORE than 150 people attended a meeting on the future of Townlands Hospital last night

MORE than 150 people attended a meeting on the future of Townlands Hospital last night.

Dozens more were excluded after the town hall reached capacity more than 10 minutes before the start of the public meeting.

The hall was packed as residents supporting the Henley Standard?s Save Our Beds campaign protested at plans to scrap the 18 beds promised. Instead, health chiefs plan to ?buy? five beds at the care home to be built on the site,

The crowds complained as town clerk Mike Kennedy closed the doors and made comments such as ?What about real Henley people?? and ?It?s our democratic right to go to this meeting?.

The meeting was organised by the Townlands Steering Group and chaired by town councillor and group chairman Ian Reissmann.

The speakers included Peter McGrane, clinical director at Oxfordshire Health, and three members of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Hannah Mills, Sonning Common GP Andrew Burnett and John Jackson, director of social and community services for Oxfordshire County Council.

During a question and answer session, members of the public demanded that the promised beds are delivered.

The residents were supported by Dr Chris Langley and Dr Philip Unwin, of Hart Surgery, who said they were ?not fully convinced? by plans for a new rapid access care unit in order for most patients to be treated at home.

The meeting also heard that the unit would only be open three days a week, which was met with gasps and angry comments from the public.

For a full report and the latest Save Our Beds news, see this week?s Henley Standard.

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