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Help shape the future of Bedford Hospital – become a member

 

As plans to merge Bedford Hospital with the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) progress, a call has gone out for people to join the Foundation Trust. To ensure membership represents the populations both hospitals, new members are needed from across Bedfordshire and surrounding counties. 

 

The Trust will formally be a continuation of the L&D Foundation Trust (Bedford Hospital is not a Foundation Trust), meaning its 16,000-strong membership is currently dominated by L&D’s catchment population. 

 

Therefore, the Council is encouraging all local Bedford Borough residents to sign up to become a member and have a say in how the local hospital is run. It is free, quick and easy to join up as a member and there are a number of associated benefits.

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson, said, “It's really important that local residents here in Bedford Borough sign up as members and ensure we have strong local representation. .

Bedford Hospital has been under the threat of a downgrade over many years, and by becoming part of the trust we can all add our voices in support of the hospital and its vital services. 

He continued: “It really is the case that the bigger the representation from Bedford Borough the better, so please do have a look and consider signing up to support the future of our hospital.”

Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, added her voice to the call:  “It’s really important that Bedford Borough residents have a say in how the hospital is run. It’s quick and easy so please sign up today!”

 

Anyone living in Bedfordshire can become a member; it is free and you are not obliged to go to meetings or do anything to remain a member. Members of the Foundation Trust elect a Board of Governors (made up from the membership group) and those Governors form a council with direct access to and influence on the hospital’s Trust Board.

 

To become a member, you can visit the website http://www.bedfordhospital.nhs.uk/ or there are Membership leaflets located around Bedford Hospital for you to complete and return. If you have any queries please feel free to email merger@ldh.nhs.uk

 

For online versions- To find out more about Foundation Trust Membership or to apply to become a member, please click here.

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