Zac Arnold, Press Liaison for the HOLD Campaign, said:
“Another Councillor has joined our ranks of supporters. Thanks to Cllr Jake Lewis of Tidenham Parish Council for backing the HOLD Campaign. It’s important that we fight to save our much-valued and much-needed hospitals in the Forest.”
Cllr Jake Lewis, Tidenham Parish Councillor, said:
“It’s becoming clear that the single hospital plan will simply not cover the outskirts of the Forest, wherever it is placed. It’s for that reason alone we ought to oppose this, the single hospital plan will be to the detriment to people across the Forest.
“It’s clear from the onset that this plan will result in less services, more excuses for cuts and the slow, excruciating disassembly of the NHS. What the consultation has shown is that a single hospital is not desired, it also shows that people want to keep their services close to them, with hospitals that are accessible.
“Contrary to what they are claiming, this is not about centralising services, it’s a cost cutting exercise, one that could easily cost lives.”