'Super hospital' plans are only about saving money, says Green Party

Green Party say

Green Party say "super hospital" plans are only about saving money

First published in News
Last updated

BOLTON’S Green Party have backed with unions in their criticism of Healthier Together.

Alan Johnson, leader of the Green Party in Bolton, hit out at the review yesterday — arguing the consultation was about cuts and not about improving services.

Mr Johnson said: “Our view nationally and locally is that we are opposed to the Government’s proposals on the NHS along with the Healthier Together review.

“We want the best health service provision for Bolton but it is wrong to pit Wigan and Bolton against each other in this way.

“Services in Greater Manchester should not be put in competition. There will be no winners, only losers.

“This whole exercise is about saving money and not improving services. Every town and city should have a local hospital.

“We are the sixth richest country in the world. We can afford to provide good health services.”

Mr Johnson’s comments come after union chiefs slammed the Healthier Together consultation, which is waiting to be approved by NHS England.

Leaders of the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and UKIP groups in Bolton have all backed the Royal Bolton’s bid to become a “super” hospital.

Healthier Together — who say the restructure could save up to 1,000 lives every five years — is proposing to give five hospitals in Greater Manchester specialist status.

All hospitals across Greater Manchester will operate as part of a “single service” where two local hospitals will share services with a specialist hospital.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:28am Sat 14 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Only 6th richest country temporarily. We are slipping down that league fast. We can no longer afford the extravagance of the health service as it is.
Only 6th richest country temporarily. We are slipping down that league fast. We can no longer afford the extravagance of the health service as it is. Ernagy2
  • Score: -4

3:22pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

Who cares what the pro EU Marxist Green Party think? They are a bunch of extreme left wing loonies.
Who cares what the pro EU Marxist Green Party think? They are a bunch of extreme left wing loonies. Reality50
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Sat 14 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

you cannot make any judgement or comment until you have seen the document. some people would oppose change anyway. there were those who campaigned against the use of the motor car on our roads as 'we had always used horses' - and look where that got them!!!!!!! The Luddites were not too keen on the use of mechanised machinery in factories, on the grounds that it would do the homeworkers out of a job - and so on and so forth. constant change is here to stay - and I am afraid we will just have to get on with it.
you cannot make any judgement or comment until you have seen the document. some people would oppose change anyway. there were those who campaigned against the use of the motor car on our roads as 'we had always used horses' - and look where that got them!!!!!!! The Luddites were not too keen on the use of mechanised machinery in factories, on the grounds that it would do the homeworkers out of a job - and so on and so forth. constant change is here to stay - and I am afraid we will just have to get on with it. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

cobblers7 says...

The simple facts of the matter are that the Royal Bolton hospital has been shortlisted alongside Wigan, Stockport and Wythenshawe to become ONE of only TWO specialist hospitals in the region.

Only two of those hospitals will be classed as specialist hospitals, the other two will be downgraded.

We have the appalling situation of hospital fighting against hospital for resources within a marketplace scenario. If Bolton is given super-hospital status, then one of the others, probably Wigan, will be downgraded. It could well go the other way.

Presumably those who have commented above would just shrug their shoulders if Bolton was to be downgraded. Fortunately they are not representative of the vast majority of Bolton residents who want to see the best possible health services available for all, and will resist the relentless cuts and creeping privatisation being imposed by this appalling government.

If the government were to collect the estimated £120 billion lost through tax avoidance and evasion, then proper funding of the NHS would not be a problem.
The simple facts of the matter are that the Royal Bolton hospital has been shortlisted alongside Wigan, Stockport and Wythenshawe to become ONE of only TWO specialist hospitals in the region. Only two of those hospitals will be classed as specialist hospitals, the other two will be downgraded. We have the appalling situation of hospital fighting against hospital for resources within a marketplace scenario. If Bolton is given super-hospital status, then one of the others, probably Wigan, will be downgraded. It could well go the other way. Presumably those who have commented above would just shrug their shoulders if Bolton was to be downgraded. Fortunately they are not representative of the vast majority of Bolton residents who want to see the best possible health services available for all, and will resist the relentless cuts and creeping privatisation being imposed by this appalling government. If the government were to collect the estimated £120 billion lost through tax avoidance and evasion, then proper funding of the NHS would not be a problem. cobblers7
  • Score: 6

11:37am Sun 15 Jun 14

soup153 says...

And they worked that out all on there own.
And they worked that out all on there own. soup153
  • Score: 0

2:00pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Logica says...

And a downgraded hospital will lose its A&E status after 2 / 3 years, whether the happens to Bolton or Wigan isn't necessarily important - what is important is the local population of both hospitals because it is these people who will suffer.

The creation of super hospitals will not save more lives - there is absolutely no clinical evidence that backs this claim up. Dr Brookes is very eloquent but simply saying something will happen does not mean that it will.

And what about the cost? Has anyone considered just how much money it will take to make any hospital a super hospital? In the case of Bolton they have less than half a million pounds in the bank and last year had to borrow over 10 million from the government just to survive. Where would they get the millions needed to turn their site in to a super hospital?
And a downgraded hospital will lose its A&E status after 2 / 3 years, whether the happens to Bolton or Wigan isn't necessarily important - what is important is the local population of both hospitals because it is these people who will suffer. The creation of super hospitals will not save more lives - there is absolutely no clinical evidence that backs this claim up. Dr Brookes is very eloquent but simply saying something will happen does not mean that it will. And what about the cost? Has anyone considered just how much money it will take to make any hospital a super hospital? In the case of Bolton they have less than half a million pounds in the bank and last year had to borrow over 10 million from the government just to survive. Where would they get the millions needed to turn their site in to a super hospital? Logica
  • Score: 3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree