RESIDENTS are being urged to make sure they have their say on hospital closures – and a councillor is promising to give them chance to do it.
Kirkham Coun Liz Oades is planning to hold her own public meeting alongside her Wesham counterpart Coun Linda Nulty, to make sure residents in the rural town shout loudly about how much they want their hospital back.
Wesham Hospital closed its doors in January 2011 as part of a £6m savings review by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust.
The formal consultation process will see NHS representatives meet the public in Kirkham next week, but Coun Oades has promised to organise a further public meeting for residents to voice their concerns.
She said: “I believe the NHS consultation will allow people to move around and talk to different people, which is not the same as having a meeting where people can ask questions in the round.
“Coun Nulty and I plan to offer residents a chance to make their views known at a proper meeting and I think it will benefit residents and the NHS.
“But I would still urge as many people as possible to attend next week’s consultation or if they can’t go and they have a computer I would urge them to get online and fill in the consultation.
“I think it is important keeping Wesham Hospital closed is not just a fait-acomplis.”
The formal consultation event will take place at Carr Hill School on Tuesday at 6pm.
A date has yet to be set for the second meeting, but Coun Oades said it would take place in the new year.