Update: 31 July 2015
The petition has now closed with 2,666 signatures. That’s a really great response in just a few days. It shows how passionate people are about our town.
Main article: 28 July 2015
Please sign the petition to reverse the decision to close the Stretton Ward at Ludlow Hospital and share it with friends.
The shock decision to close one of two remaining wards at Ludlow hospital is reverberating around Ludlow and South Shropshire. People are angry that Stretton Ward is being closed at just one weeks’ notice without consultation. But mostly they are angry that the ward is being closed at all. It will reduce the number of beds available in Ludlow from 40 to 24, despite the hospital having 97% bed occupancy last January (and last winter was a mild winter without a major flu outbreak).
Residents quite rightly see the closure as an autocratic move by a largely unaccountable NHS trust. They are spot on in saying that this move is a bad omen for the future of Ludlow hospital.
People are angry too about the way the news was released. The announcement was made late on a Friday, as people joined traffic jams and queued for flights to get away for the summer. The news was slipped out under the spin-doctored headline: “Bringing inpatient services together at Ludlow Hospital”. It was timed so that it the story would get no local press coverage on Monday. The closure announcement was made when many local GPs are on leave. Fortunately, local GP Dr Caroline Beanland was available to spoke passionately to Radio Shropshire about the closure yesterday morning:
It turns out that the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which provides funds for Ludlow Hospital, had no clue that Stretton Ward was to be closed.
More than 1,500 people have now signed Dr Beanland’s petition. If you haven’t already done so, please sign the petition and share it with friends.