DEVELOP, DON'T SHRINK SERVICES AT THE PRINCESS OF WALES HOSPITAL
Ely’s Princess of Wales Hospital is an important, much valued asset, providing walk-in minor treatment and a range of
outpatient clinics as well as some inpatient wards. Without it, the alternative would be journeys to Cambridge, Huntingdon or Newmarket.
In June, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust announced that they
no longer wish to provide outpatient services from 2016. Decisions are now in the hands of the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. They plan to maintain existing services, on an interim basis, until 2017 and to take a longer term view of what is needed beyond that. The Coalition Government’s damaging NHS reorganisation has helped create this situation, where providers can opt out and where planning of services has become even more difficult.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Ely’s growing population increases the need for healthcare and means that services should be developed further. We
say: produce an ambitious plan that meets the health needs of the area. The hospital is currently under-utilised. Its resources need to be used to greater benefit as part of wholly public NHS provision.