Local GPs are fearing for the future of Ludlow hospital after health chiefs decided to shut Stretton Ward at seven days’ notice. This will reduce patient’s privacy, block plans to create a dementia friendly bay, and end proposals to provide blood transfusions and intravenous antibiotics in Ludlow. The GPs are also worried that the move will lead to a shortage of hospital beds next winter. They say the move is the beginning of the end for Ludlow hospital. I think this is truly shocking news. Councillor Tracy Huffer agrees and says: I can’t understand this decision. They have already closed Whitcliffe Ward. With the closure of Stretton, we are going to lose a lot of services and add to the inevitable bed crisis next winter. There is a meeting of Shropshire’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee today [Monday]. I will be asking the Clinical Commissioning Group to explain just what on earth is going on and why this decision was made at short notice and without consultation.