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Cross-party statement from Cotswold councillors
Here follows a cross-party statement from Cotswold District Council councillors on proposed health cuts:
We strongly condemn the current plans to make further cuts to NHS Services in the county of Gloucestershire following as they do the recent closure of community hospitals, at Tetbury and Fairford, within the Cotswold and Vale PCT.
We are deeply concerned that these cuts will seriously undermine health care, threaten quality of life for many vulnerable people and ultimately put lives at risk for people in the Cotswold District.
We have written to Patricia Hewitt advising her of the seriousness of the present situation and pressing her to release additional funding to the Cotswold and Vale PCT to allow sufficient time for health managers to bring forward long term financial proposals that will avoid further cuts to services.
We further consider it scandalous that health funding in Gloucestershire is 12% lower per head than the national average and request that the minister takes urgent action to redress this gross unfairness.
We have an ageing population in the Cotswolds with 20% aged over 65 and rising. It is imperative that traditional community hospital bed numbers are retained and funded as a bare minimum.
Cllrs. Lynden Stowe, Deryck Nash, Christine Eatwell (on behalf of Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent groups) and Cllr. Rod Hooper (non-aligned member) all of Cotswold District Council.
: 05/04/2006 17:06:00
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