Belper campaigners rally over fears for hospital

Babington Hospital, Belper.
Babington Hospital, Belper.

Health chiefs have offered reassurances that despite fears for Babington Hospital during a review of resources there will always be free health services in Belper.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is considering the future of the hospital which has been described as difficult to convert to meet modern needs due to its size and age.

But as the CCG prepares for a public consultation, Belper Keep Our NHS Public campaigners have organised a meeting demanding to know where and when new provisions may be provided and how they will be financed.

A CCG spokesman said: “We’ve been getting documentation together and we’re aiming to set up dates to open up public discussions in the next ten or 14 days. We’re just talking about how services are and what the population needs and following discussions and our analysis we can consider options in February.

“No decisions have been made but there will always be services for free at the point of access for Belper.”

The CCG stated some ageing health care facilities can struggle to meet stringent regulations and the NHS has to consider a growing and ageing population with desires to be treated at home.

Whatever decisions, according to the CCG, all its services will be provided by clinical staff so job cuts will be unlikely.

Belper Keep Our NHS Public campaigners are holding a public meeting at Strutts Community Centre, on Derby Road, from 7.30pm, on November 16.