Yesterday I spoke to ITV News about the fight to stop the loss of services at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
As of now, stroke or heart attack patients are being diverted to William Harvey or QEQM in Margate. People are no longer going to be able to make it to KCH in an ambulance and the people of Canterbury, Whitstable and the Surrounding Villages know that it’s dangerous. We’ve been told this is to not compromise patient safety by the NHS chiefs, but that’s good enough for our constituents in an emergency.
It’s not good enough, and even more of a reason to press ahead with the plans for a medical school here in Canterbury to attract the necessary junior doctors. We need to do that urgently.
I’ve been assured that this is a temporary move, although it never should have gone ahead in the first place. It could be three months, six months, but I’m going to press ahead to make sure we have the money to run a full emergency health centre again and that this move is absolutely a temporary one.
I will work cross-party with other MPs in the area and continue to raise this in parliament and make sure we have the teaching hospital that’s fully staffed with an full emergency care centre again.