Two town councillors have urged people in Wellington to alert NHS officials as to how much the hospital is valued in the community. Comments can be lodged online at www.sompar.nhs.uk
“It would be a sad day for Wellington if the Community Hospital had to close. Having had relatives cared for there I couldn’t have wished for a better hospital.,” said Cllr Janet Reed. “The support from the Hospital League of Friends have been unstinting. It would be very difficult for many older residents to access a larger facility to visit every day which often is the case when having a spouse needing the care of this great local establishment.”
Her view were echoed by Cllr Mark Lithgow who said,” I have also had relatives who have needed care from this valuable hospital and I can only say that the care was of a very high standard. This is a part of a worrying trend of recruitment issues across the NHS.
“Milverton is losing its GP practice, Musgrove Park Hospital is having to cancel non-emergency operations due to staff shortages.Wellington’s Community Hospital is one of 13 small Somerset hospitals at risk of closure. What does it take for the current ruling government to admit the NHS is in crisis. Serious decisions need to be taken to ensure the NHS is properly funded to provide the basic care needed for the vulnerable members of our community.