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Safeguard Bedford Hospital

Council Publishes Plan to Safeguard Bedford Hospital Services

New proposals to protect the future of services at Bedford Hospital have been published today as a part of a report carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Bedford Borough Council.

While considering work carried out by the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review the report highlights that linking Social Care and Health Care could not only provide a better more joined up approach for patients but could also provide clinical and financial benefits.

The Council commissioned PwC in May to carry out the specialist work to help secure a sustainable future for the hospital, retaining the key services on which so many Borough residents depend. The report recognises the significant pressures facing both Health and Social Care going forward but puts forward a sustainable solution that works alongside the existing reviews. It shows how important services including A&E, paediatrics and full maternity care can still be saved at Bedford Hospital.

The report has received support from all parties on the Council who issued a joint statement in support of retaining local services. The Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson and Group Leaders (Cllr Stephen Moon – Leader, Bedford Borough Conservative Group; Cllr Sue Oliver - Leader, Bedford Borough Labour Group; Cllr Wendy Rider - Leader, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group; Cllr Pat Olney - Leader, Bedford Borough Independent Group) stated:

“We commissioned PwC to provide the knowledge and experience to help identify a sustainable future for Bedford Hospital that protects local services. The work carried out by PwC looked into existing reviews, the challenges facing both the Health and Social Care sectors as well as looking at similar work being carried out around the country. The resulting recommendations set out how by integrating health and social care we can introduce a solution that improves services for local residents, reduces costs and saves local services.

We will be presenting these findings to Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Bedford Hospital and look forward to them being incorporated in the existing reviews.”

The findings of the report will now be passed to the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review and shared with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

To view the report visit www.bedford.gov.uk/healthcarereport

 

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