4-5th December 2016

5th Dec
How new children’s hospital could look”, subtitled “Entrance to A&E is earmarked as the site of £26m infirmary building”

p. 10 “Family wins £10m payout from the NHS”, subtitled “Parents’ legal fight took 10 years”

p. 16 “Knife and “gun” brandished at police after man breaks out of hospital” – Sturdee Community Hospital, Eyres Monsell, court case involving paranoid schizophrenic

p. 19 “Heart researcher honoured”, subtitled “City medic is recognised as one of the world’s most influential scientists” – Prof. Nilesh Samani
Dec 4th
“MPs united to open new extension to heart ward”, subtitled “Kendall, Morgan back Glenfield”
a letter by Bill shelton under “We need to fight to save our NHS”

p. 20 “Drop the pretence of consultation, NHS chiefs urged”, subtitled “Campaigner demands straight answers on plans to close hospitals”

p. 30 “Hospital dental suite opens”, subtitled “Refurbished unit treats children and adults with other health issues”
Drugs tragedy: Son ‘let down by health service'”, subtitled “Family question why Daniel was discharged from hospital – with long history of suicide attempts
p. 15 a good letter by Fiona Randles under “How can closing hospital be good?”

I am shocked to read in the Mercury that the future plan for the NHS in Leicestershire includes closing the Leicester General as an acute hospital; as part of cutting 281 beds by 2020/2021 and £400 million. I have just had an operation there, and it appears to be a very busy hospital, with dedicated and wonderful staff.

Only last weekend, another Mercury item said Leicesters hospitals had an internal major incident across all three Leicester hospitals when they were exceptionally busy”Your report said “Hospital chiefs said there was increasing pressure on beds with parts of the emergency department reaching full capacity”

The future plan is called magically , the Sustainability and Transformation Plan(STP).

I can’t see how closing the Leicester General Hospital among other substantial cuts is either sustainable or transformative. As part of leaving the European Union we were promised more investment in the NHS , not less.

p. 17 “Pregnant women’s calls a priority, says ambulance service”, subtitled “Decision follows the death of seven-hour-old baby following delays” – some shocking handover-delays statistics in this

p. 20 “MPs quiz NHS chiefs on fate of children’s heart ops”

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