During a visit to the North of the constituency, I was told of problems at Hartismere hospital involving ward closures and spending cuts. There were also worries that no patients from Ipswich were allowed into the hospital because there was no funding for them. So I contacted the head of the local PCT asked him about it. He has now provided a written response which says
- There are no plans to close any further wards in the immediate future
- There is not a spending freeze at Hartismere although there are "significant financial constraints"
- No restraint on Ipswich patients
I will meet with him soon to discuss the way forward for Hartismere and community hospitals in general.