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Hospital bosses should think again

PARKSIDE Hospital served the community and the country at large for 125 years providing, at its peak, care for more than 1000 patients.

PARKSIDE Hospital served the community and the country at large for 125 years providing, at its peak, care for more than 1000 patients.

In its latter days it wasn’t the best psychiatric facility in the UK but it did offer a safe haven for many of the most vulnerable members of society.

Then it was sold off and someone, somewhere benefited handsomely. It certainly wasn’t the patients who were distributed wherever opportunity dictated.

It definitely wasn’t the tax paying public and it wasn't the NHS currently struggling to provide more than a handful of beds for the chronic sick.

Selling off NHS assets has proved to be a one-way street with no long-term gain for anyone but developers.

That has not stopped East Cheshire NHS Trust attempting to flog off land to bail them out of a £5m debt.

There’s very little MBC or the public wouldn’t do to support Macclesfield Hospital, a fact made abundantly clear by the massive campaign to stave off closures.

But selling off fixed assets to finance more debt is foolish and attempting to persuade the planning committee by warning of a loss of independence is just plain stupid.

Having created the debt, trust management want to sell off land to developers during the deepest property downturn in recent history.

How clever is that and what confidence does it give anyone that clearance of this debt won’t be rapidly followed by another financial deficit? What do they sell off then?

In my view, East Cheshire Trust chief executive John Wilbraham will not endear himself to a supportive public with such plans or impress councillors with emotive language.

There are only so many assets you can sell before the cupboard is bare.

If, at some time in the future, it’s deemed necessary to expand Macclesfield Hospital where will the additional land come from or aren’t we thinking that far ahead?

The views on this page are Vic Barlow's and not necessarily those of the Express

 
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