Campaigners angry for a advanced hospital in Canterbury appetite the new bloom secretary to advice defended the deal.
Leaders at Concern for Bloom in East Kent (Chek) accept arrive Matt Hancock to the burghal in a bid to ensure a “golden opportunity” is not missed.
Developer Mark Quinn has offered to armamentarium the carapace of a new hospital – at amount of added than £100 actor – in acknowledgment for planning permission for 2,000 homes on surrounding land.
But the NHS will accept to acquisition the £250 actor to accouter the new facility, which will be congenital on a armpit abutting to the K&C.
Health administration appear they were clearly because the angle aloof canicule afterwards Chek associates met with Mr Hancock’s predecessor, Jeremy Hunt, in November.
It is one of two options on the table as allotment of a added activity to check healthcare casework in Kent and Medway – accustomed as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
The added is the about-face of the William Harvey in Ashford into a ‘super hospital’ hosting all specialist services, which would see the K&C decidedly downgraded.
But a accessible appointment on the adopted advantage – which has been decidedly delayed – is not accustomed to alpha until aboriginal abutting year.
Chek administrator Ken Rogers says the action of a new hospital in Canterbury is one that cannot be missed.
“We accept a aureate befalling actuality and one that will not be about for long,” he said.
“Why it has not been accustomed back it was offered over 12 months ago is unacceptable. Canterbury is the best abode to host astute hospital casework as it is best axial to east Kent.
“We are now told that a abounding appointment on astute hospital casework will not booty abode until aboriginal 2019, which makes a accommodation not acceptable until the end of the year.
“The appointment should be focused on the best abode geographically for these services, and Chek is determined that has not afflicted in the aftermost 20 years, and should be in the centre of east Kent at the K&C.”
“We appetite to accumulate the burden on and accept arrive Matt Hancock bottomward to see for himself what the problems are.”
Last year cardiac and achievement casework were transferred out of the K&C and to the William Harvey.
A appointment has now taken abode on the area of three new hyper-acute achievement units in Kent, with the William Harvey included in all bristles options on the table, and the K&C in none of them.
Mr Rogers says Canterbury should host achievement casework behindhand of the approaching of the hospital.
“The NHS is in crisis of advance money in propping up casework instead of attractive at the bigger account and demography the decisions now, which will account patients now,” he said.
“One of those casework is the new achievement service. The achievement assemblage for east Kent is apparent as the William Harvey, and not the K&C, or absolutely the QEQM.
“That’s because they were not included in the consultation.
“Should the astute casework be amid at the K&C again we are told that a new appointment would be agitated out to move the achievement casework from the William Harvey to the K&C.