Dr Dan has received reassurances from Suffolk health bosses that ten existing community care beds will remain in North Suffolk after the relocation of an Eye care home.
Dr Mark Shenton, Chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), confirmed to Dr Dan that the ten intermediate care beds currently located at Paddock House will be transferred to the new Care UK home Hartismere Place when it opens and that the beds will continue to be commissioned by Suffolk Community Healthcare.
Concerns were raised with Dr Dan by The Hartismere Hospital League of Friends group when the contract for the transfer of the care beds had not been signed a week before the move to Hartismere Place.
Dr Dan commented:
"These intermediate care beds provide essential close to home care for older and vulnerable members of the community and it is very important that they remain available for residents in our rural communities.
"I am very pleased to have received written confirmation from the CCG that the beds are here to stay and I am very grateful for the support of Dr Mark Shenton in helping to ensure that the beds which also provide respite care for cancer patients, and their carers will remain in Eye.
"I shall continue to work to support the Hartismere League of Friends in ensuring high quality healthcare services are available for the benefit of patients in the Hartismere Hospital site. This assurance from Dr Shenton is a welcome step in the right direction in protecting our healthcare services in North Suffolk".
(Photograph opposite is of Dr Dan addressing the Hartismere Hospital League of Friends in February 2015)
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