Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid urges residents to voice views on bed cut plans

BROMSGROVE’S MP has urged residents to have their say on controversial plans to cut the number of community hospital beds in the town.

The number of beds at Worcestershire's community hospitals, including Bromsgrove's Princess of Wales Hospital, are facing a shock 44 per cent cut.

The move, announced in November, would see the 324 beds at five sites in Worcestershire reduced to just 182 by 2020/21 to meet a £250m funding ‘gap’.

Last week, concerned Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin called on the NHS to publish figures on the number of patients using the beds before the axe falls.

A Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust spokesman said bed occupancy figures would be released if a proper policy was put forward for detailed consultation.

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid did not state if he supported Mrs Baldwin's call when asked, but urged residents to voice their own views.

He said: "My top priority for Bromsgrove is to ensure our local health services accommodate the needs of residents.

"As local leaders are exploring options and yet to make any firm decisions, I encourage constituents to raise their views and concerns in the public consultation."

Visit hacw.nhs.uk/yourconversation to take part in the consultation.