Public can give views on surgery

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FROM next week people will be able to have their say on keeping specialist vein surgeons at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A 13-week public consultation will run from Monday to April 13 and is likely to explore two options of how vascular services will be delivered in the area.

One is for the Cosham hospital to become a ‘vascular centre’ while the other would see surgeons being shared with Southampton.

Primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth, says more details on the consultation are due to be given later this week.

Former city MP Syd Rapson is a member of a council of governors for the hospital and chairman of a sub-committee of governors looking into the issue.

He said: ‘Until I see the document and how Ship is going to run this process, people like me will be sceptical.

‘We’ll have a real fight on our hands.

‘Portsmouth needs to retain the really good level of service it has.’