With no warning, the Conservative Government has proposed merging the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Royal Preston Hospital onto a single site.
While local health bosses seem to have been taken by surprise themselves, and played down the threat to the RLI, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was clear with South Lakes MP Tim Farron in the House of Commons that replacing both hospitals with a single site was on the agenda.
A ‘super hospital’ near Garstang might look good on paper, but it’ll cost a lot of money and just add yet more time to journeys in an emergency.
The loss of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary will have a massive negative impact on patients, staff, local communities, the local economy and the environment. The impact will go beyond is bigger than Lancaster.
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I the undersigned oppose proposals to merge Lancaster and Preston’s hospitals onto a single site, and call on Government and health bosses to ensure local residents don’t have to travel any further for acute hospital treatment.