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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd welcomes safeguards introduced in NHS Care Bill

March 12, 2014 3:39 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has welcomed last minute changes to the NHS Care Bill to ensure that local people get more say on Hospital closures.

Clause 119 was widely criticised for giving too much power to the Secretary of State should the Trust Special Administrators be called in to a failing hospital. Lib Dem former Health Minister Paul Burstow MP put in amendments, backed up by the campaign group 38 Degrees, to ensure that local people must have a say in any proposals regarding their local hospital. Following intense negotiation during the debate, the Minister announced that these changes would be part of the Bill, so the amendment was dropped.

Stephen said: "As always, I do everything in my power to support our own local hospital, and continue to fight strenuously any reduction of core services tooth and nail. These Lib Dem improvements will help our cross-party SavetheDGH Campaign fight on until the hospital's future is secure. Despite the ongoing failings within the local Trust and their apparent desire to see the DGH downgraded, the community voice behind the SavetheDGH team is loud and constantly growing. It would be appalling if local people and representative bodies could not have a say in a hospital's future if Special Administrators were called in."

He added: "It is a significant victory, as it sets out the strong checks and balances that I and others, were demanding. These include:

Furthermore, my colleague Paul Burstow will be leading a committee of MPs and Lords to ensure these changes are properly secured and implemented.