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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Doctor: Barrow has no need for a hospital

A DOCTOR who believes Barrow should not have a hospital says no one is willing to discuss his view.

The GP put his opinions forward during a county-wide survey carried out by Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. The Listening to Cumbria campaign saw more than 700 people, including doctors and members of the public, share their views of health services during roadshows in May and June.

Commenting on Furness General Hospital, one GP said: “I think the fundamental problem is that there is still a hospital in Barrow and there is no recognition that this is a problem... there is the potential for transformational change.

“Barrow having an ITU (intensive therapy unit)… despite widespread evidence it should not, highlights the even bigger problem that nobody is prepared to talk about.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria CCG said: “As always, clinical views and opinions differ. Some GPs want large specialist hospitals, others want lots of community-based services.

“Like all of us, they have an opinion and they are often very diverse.”

Many who took part in the Barrow roadshow reported positive experiences at FGH. One said: “I found all the staff willing to listen and explain the problems and treatment.”

But a South Lakeland patient described life on her ward as “horrendous”, another described some staff as “uncaring and arrogant” and one said: “Nobody seemed to know what they were doing... would not trust Barrow in Furness with a dog.”

Jackie Daniel, chief executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs FGH, said: “The trust takes very seriously all issues with regards to dignity and respect. Compassionate care is priority number one in the trust’s nursing strategy.”

Dr Geoff Joliffe, Furness’ lead commissioning GP, said it was important to hear where things could be better so they can be prioritised as issues to be addressed.

He said: “Hopefully, as a result of this work and our continued commitment to listen to patients we are focusing on these areas and working to make things better.”

Have your say

No need for a hspital. Is this General Practioner (somebody who knows a bit about a number of complaints)for real. Perhaps a return to the dark ages and treating people with leeches is the way forward. Does he fail to realise the geography of our area surely dictates the necessity.

Posted by steve on 10 December 2012 at 13:36

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