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MP welcomes Shire Hill decision delay
Saturday 16th December 2017 @ 00:00 by Adam Higgins
High Peak News Old Glossop

High Peak MP Ruth George has welcomed the delay on a decision on the future of Shire Hill Hospital.

The NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group has confirmed there will be no final decision on Glossop’s remaining hospital until the New Year.

It held a 12-week public consultation, which closed last month, with their proposed option to transfer intermediate care beds from the Old Glossop hospital to the Stamford Unit, close to Tameside Hospital in Ashton.

If approved, it will result in Shire Hill, which has served Glossop for more than a century, closing.

Last week’s announcement from the CCG was largely met with anger and disappointment from local residents on social media, with the Bute Street hospital’s future remaining uncertain leading into the festive period.

A decision was initially promised in December but it will be delayed to “carefully consider the large amount of feedback from residents”.

Mrs George says she hopes the CCG will use the extra time to listen to the views submitted by residents across Glossopdale.

In a statement to the Chronicle, the MP said: “I am pleased that the decision on the future of Glossop’s Shire Hill Hospital has been delayed until the New Year.

“The hospital is an important part of Glossop and I know a lot of thoughtful ideas were put forward during the consultation process. I hope that this delay means that the views of Glossop people will now be given proper consideration.”

Ruth also pledged to continue to press the case for Shire Hill at meetings with leaders of the Trust and the CCG.

The MP has spearheaded the campaign to save Shire Hill, taking a people’s petition of almost 5,000 names to Parliament.

She also recently wrote a lengthy letter referring to local concerns over the general lack of health services in Glossopdale.

 

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Save Shire Hill: Ruth George has led the fight to keep intermediate health care at Glossop’s Shire Hill Hospital