Portsmouth City Council joins fight to keep vascular surgeons at QA

21/4/2011    RO''Portsmouth local election hustings held at the Central Library. Pictured L-R  Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson Liberal Democrats, Graham Heaney Labour Party'''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111425-2)
21/4/2011 RO''Portsmouth local election hustings held at the Central Library. Pictured L-R Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson Liberal Democrats, Graham Heaney Labour Party'''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111425-2)

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has called on health bosses to keep vascular surgeons at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The council voted yesterday to back a letter from leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson to the region’s strategic health authority raising concerns over proposals to move vital vein experts to Southampton.

He wrote: ‘I am extremely concerned that the removal of vascular surgery from Portsmouth to Southampton will mean that Portsmouth residents suffering from an emergency will have to travel much further for clinical care.

I am also concerned that if vascular surgery is removed from Portsmouth Hospitals other services such as transplant surgery may also be at risk in the future.’ He added: ‘A much more sensible option would be the creation of a singular vascular surgery team across Southern Hampshire but operating in both Southampton and Portsmouth.’