Chatsworth Ward Remains Open
Patients and former patients joined staff last week to celebrate that Chatsworth Ward is still open. In July Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust announced this Mansfield Community Hospital ward would close in early November.
As a result of the campaign, including the petitions signed by thousands of local people, public meetings and a march through town, Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group launched a full review of neuro-rehabilitation services.
Over recent weeks staff and patients have met the review project manager several times. The preliminary report is expected at a CCG public meeting at Mansfield Civic Centre at 10am on November 14th. This meeting is open to anyone interested in local services for patients with long-term neurological conditions.
Although there is cautious optimism, #WeAreAllChatsworth campaign is producing its own plan for neuro-rehabilitation. Pressure will need to be maintained to get the plan implemented, as the CCG is strapped for cash. From the start, the campaign made clear Chatsworth ward must be saved - but not at the expense of cuts elsewhere.
Unison, the union with most members on Chatsworth ward, has now given its official backing to the campaign, joining Unite and the Royal College of Nurses. Chatsworth ward workers rightly expect their unions to support their campaign to defend the vitally needed services they provide.
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