Petition against ward closure is handed in to NHS

HANDOVER Campaigner Will Purvis with the Save G5 petition yesterday
HANDOVER Campaigner Will Purvis with the Save G5 petition yesterday
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A 10,000-signature petition against the closure of an end-of-life care ward has been delivered to hospital bosses.

Campaigner Will Purvis, from the Save G5 Campaign Group, handed over five folders’ worth of signatures to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust board members during a board meeting at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, yesterday.

He said: ‘It was always the intention to give the petition to the hospital trust board.

‘I hope that they will take note of it and the 10,000 people who signed it.

‘It shows the strength of feeling against the G5 closure.’

But he added: ‘Unfortunately I don’t think it will make much difference.

‘They don’t even seem willing to consider the possibility that they made a mistake here, which is very short-sighted of them.’

Last month campaigners also handed a copy of the petition to the independent panel investigating the closure of the ward for over-65s.

Their next step is to hand a copy in to Downing Street in the next few weeks.

The handing-over of the petition comes as Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt admits to criticising the hospital’s senior management team when speaking to the G5 inquiry panel.

Ms Mordaunt recently met panel members to discuss her thoughts on the G5 ward.

She told them of the trust’s refusal to accept money and nurses from pharmaceutical companies to run a G5-type service alongside the new mobile nurse team.

She said: ‘I’ve been very critical of the management team at the hospital.

‘They’ve consistently missed every opportunity to respond to public concern.

‘The senior management team has shown that it is not up to the job.

‘They’ve been shown to not have the skills to develop and reconfigure services at a superhospital.

‘The management team has really got to take a long hard look at themselves or the Secretary of State has got to step in.’

There is still time to tell the review panel what you think about the G5 issue.

Panel members have asked for views to be submitted by March 18, for them to prepare their final report for the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, by the end of the month.

To make a comment email info@irpanel.org.uk or call 0207 045 4844.