Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Fuels Row over New Hospital Plan; City Trust 'Wants to Dominate Area'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP Fuels Row over New Hospital Plan; City Trust 'Wants to Dominate Area'

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Byline: Helen Rae

A NORTH East MP has accused a hospital trust of wanting to dominate healthcare in the region. Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell said he was outraged at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's consistent negativity towards proposals for a new specialist emergency hospital.

As reported in The Journal, scores of leading health experts from Newcastle launched a scathing attack on plans to build the new hospital near Moor Farm roundabout, near Cramlington Thirty-nine clinical directors, professors and consultants, including Prof Sir Alan Craft, former president of Royal College of Paediatrics and a consultant paediatrician at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, have aired their concerns about patient safety and the potential misuse of public funds.

In particular, they are worried about what they describe as the downgrading of existing medical cover provided by North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals.

Serious emergency care, consultant-led maternity services and special care baby units would be moved from North Tyneside and Wansbeck to the acute care site.

But last night Mr Campbell said: "I think it's a brilliant idea to have a specialist emergency hospital in Northumberland and I don't know why Newcastle Hospitals Trust is so against it.

"I appreciate there may be competition between the two trusts and Newcastle will feel they will lose patients, but the Newcastle Trust wants to run all the health services in the region and as far as I'm concerned they're not running Northumberland.

"I strongly support the plans for the new emer-genchospital. It will make our health services a lot better and is of huge benefit to those living in the area."

He added: "It is turning into a turf war between the two Trusts and this is totally unacceptable.

"We should be focusing on what's best for patients in the North East, not what's best for the Trusts. "I'm sick of Northumberland being left in the dark when it comes to getting the best health services available. …

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