Having consistently refused to condemn the potential loss of stroke services from Thanet’s QEQM Hospital, South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has asked health commissioners to consider Canterbury as an option for a new hyper-acute stroke unit.
I was pleased to provide the following comment to The Isle of Thanet News:
“For months, Mr Mackinlay has accepted this proposition and has refused point blank to raise the issue in parliament. Miraculously, he seems to have changed his mind – but only to the extent of throwing in a total red herring. Now he’s apparently saying ‘how about having a hyper acute stroke unit at Canterbury instead’. This is an ill-advised and ill-informed intervention.
“My position, and the position of health campaigners such as Save Our NHS in Kent, is that we must have three excellent hospitals – at Ashford, Canterbury and Margate – and not allow any of them to be run down.”
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