HOLD Campaign rockets towards a Judicial Review | Zac Arnold

HOLD (Hands Off Lydney and Dilke Hospitals) Community Campaign Group has now commenced proceedings towards a Judicial Review to challenge the lawfulness of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision of 25 January 2018 to close both hospitals, replacing them with a newly built single site of unspecified location.

Following an initial CCG’s proposal in 2017 to close the two hospitals, a public consultation that ran from September to December 2017 concluded that 46% of those who took part voted against the hospitals’ closure. CCG upheld their initial decision despite public opposition to the consultation.

HOLD believes that the consultation was flawed in many ways, not least because the actual document lacks sound, factual information to enable the public to make an informed decision (whatever that might be) in the first place. Impact on equality, inadequate assessment of the number of beds required, etc add to the series of failures tainting the CCG’s decision making process.

The legal fees for bringing a claim of this magnitude to the courts runs into the tens of thousands of pounds and we can only do this by joining efforts from the community and the general public. Thus, alongside our legal campaign HOLD has now launched a CROWDFUND FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/holdourhospitals/ to fund the legal case. Every pound counts, so if you can only donate (pledge) a small amount, please do so. If you cannot donate, please share.

Zac Arnold, Press Liaison for the HOLD Campaign said: “the response received from our Crowdfunding so far has been amazing. In a time when people have very little money to spare we are seeing people dig around in their pockets to stop this frankly unlawful process.

” within 30 minutes of the launch of our Crowdfunding site at 6pm last night (Thursday 29 March) we had hit 5% of our total target and within 90 minutes we had hit 10%.

“people realise that this is worth their money and that we need to stop this process before our health and social care assets are ripped from us and replaced with a single, smaller, new hospital which is not fit for purpose.

” the campaign would like to thank everyone for their support so far and we hope to be ceberating in 30 days time when we hit our target amount of £5,000.

“Meanwhile we are not letting our campaigning activities grind to a halt. We will be continuing to run our regular #PetitionStorm events across the District and encourage anyone who may wish to take part to email the campaign at hold@writeme.com.”

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