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A guest post from Shropshire Councillor Tracey Huffer. Future Fit is a utopian ideal. With the financial cuts we are making, I can’t see that it is viable. The plan seems to be that when A&E and other parts of the service can’t cope, patients will be dealt with by GPs and nurses. But we are short of GPs in this county. We have just cut back on District Nurses. The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on the changes, but I’m getting the impression there is a huge head of steam that’s going to blast through these changes whether they are good for Shropshire or not. I am really worried about the loss of the Minor Injuries Unit at Ludlow Hospital. All the minor injuries units in Shropshire are to be closed and replaced by Urgent Care Centres. But there is no guarantee that we will get an Urgent…

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After six years of debate and angst, the decision is final. Shropshire Community Health Trust (SCHT) decided that the new community health facility for Ludlow is too expensive and will not be funded. What we get is a review. Well, actually, two reviews. The decision is not of course a surprise. The Clinical Commissioning Group on 21 August voted unanimously not to plug a £1.1 million annual shortfall in funding. Immediately after that meeting, SCHT interim chief executive Julia Bridgewater declared: “we will explore every possible option to make the current plan happen.” She told today’s meeting that there are no options to make the hospital happen, and that any ambition for the project had evaporated. The annual shortfall for the new hospital was this morning reduced to £795,000. That would have been good news if the board’s auditor, Chris Bird had not warned that in his view the funding…

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