Witham: What will it take for a new community hospital to be built? (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Witham: What will it take for a new community hospital to be built?
11:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
For more than 20 years Witham has been battling for better healthcare, but what will it take for improvements to be made?
Over the years there have been countless reports, audits and campaigns calling for the town’s health services to be improved.
Now, with the prospect of thousands of new homes being built in and around the area, the calls are becoming ever more urgent.
Councillor James Abbott successfully had a health care pledge written into the district’s site allocations and development management plan, which set out how the district will expand in the next 13 years.
It means, once the final approval of the planning inspector is given, that Braintree Council acknowledges there is a need to improve the scope and capacity of Witham health services, particularly for a community hospital.
Mr Abbott said: “The improvements are absolutely essential, I cannot think of word strong enough, they are vital, they are essential, they are non-negotiable.
“We cannot have a situation where thousands more people come to the town and there isn’t enough doctors surgeries.
“It is not acceptable.”
He believes there has been a lack of focus in the struggle to improve the healthcare and does not want to see piecemeal improvements from donations made by different developers at different times.
He said: “It is coming to a head, time and time again when you talk to people they say about the lack of health care services.
“We just can’t go on like this, we have got to get services into the town.”
He hopes that once the pledge become policy, when the development plan is approved, a new community hospital will be a step closer.
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