That is the message from neighbouring Hertfordshire, where patients have seen A&E, maternity and paediatrics all leave Hemel Hempstead Hospital over the last decade. Edie Glatter has been a health campaigner for many years in the town, but she believes that the decision to merge Hemel with Watford Hospital 10 years ago was a watershed moment. She said: “It all happens incrementally. “First you’re told that it’s just the boards merging, and that it’s something that makes the organisations work more efficiently – who could argue with that? “But we were also told we’d still have an A&E. We no longer have an A&E. “We had a reduced maternity, but then they told us that it wasn’t safe, that it wasn’t used enough and that they didn’t have enough staff. The reason there weren’t enough staff is because they kept taking them to Watford.”


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Hemel’s hospital warning to Bedford: “Don’t let this be the first step to losing your A&E, maternity and children’s ward”
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6 thoughts on “Hemel’s hospital warning to Bedford: “Don’t let this be the first step to losing your A&E, maternity and children’s ward”

  • September 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I have mixed feelings about the closure of A&E. Whereas it seems unthinkable to lose the facility, in my experience, we may be better off without it.
    in June 2014 I was taken to A&E with a badly smashed foot. I had to wait over 8 hours before being discharged at 2:30 am without treatment because no orthopaedic surgeon was available to look at the X-rays. I had to attend the normal fracture clinic 2 days later before it was decided to admit me.

    Last Saturday I was taken to A&E with a suspected heart attack. I had to wait for hours to take my turn with other patients before I was seen. It would have been much quicker to travel to Luton

    The problem on both occasions was due to lack of triage at Bedford Hospital

    Bedford Hospital needs to improve radically before it will receive my support

    • September 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Alan
      The hospital is underfunded and has had to make extreme cuts to meet government spending caps. If we want excellent services we need to fund it. Not sure how closing A&E units and moving the demand to another facility will help improve things when we already don’t have the bed capacity for ambulances to release patients?
      But could I use your comment please, on my Facebook page to show how services are suffering because of austerity?


      • October 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

        No Jenny you may not use my comment. You clearly have no understanding of the funding of the NHS
        The funding is controlled by Bedford Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG). This group, which is made of local GPs, awarded £120 million to Circle Ltd for a 5 year contract to look after musculoskeletal services in Bedford. Circle MSK is the company that constructed the new building on the North-Wing site.
        Since granting this contract BCCG has been in financial problems and was put into Special Measures for mismanagement from which it has only just emerged..
        The MSK facility has little equipment. It relies on sending patients to the main hospital for X-Rays etc.
        It has no qualified doctors and relies on physiotherapist that have had some extra training. Staff work from 9 t0 5 as there are no in-patients.
        You will see that there overhead costs are very low compared to Bedford Hospital which has to provide 24/7 care and has to be fully equipped. This allows GPs to lower the cost of treatment by cherry picking patients to send to MKS. This is what is contributing to bleeding Bedford Hospital dry

        You will have to find further information on line because Bedford T&C and BoS have not deemed it worthy of publication.

        I notice that you are all from T&C. I would not trust any of you (especially Ben) to achieve anything useful. I have not seen any of you at the STC meetings. You are only looking for sensationalism
        to boost your paper

        • October 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

          I don’t actually work for the paper, I work for DHL Supply Chain.
          And please don’t come onto my blog undermining my hard work as a member of the public and long time campaigner to save hospital services.
          You are a rude man, I wonder how much of your time you have spent campaigning, holding meetings, researching STPs and connecting with affected community groups?
          Thank you for the information, I’m sorry I am not as informed as you, I am doing my best, you horrible man!!

        • October 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

          And you don’t see the connection with a badly managed private contractor which is something else I campaign about, the reinstatement to the NHS.
          But I suppose that’s just promoting a newspaper I have appeared in ONCE!!!


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