QA bosses under fire for missing meeting about the hospital

ANGRY Protesters  at the G5 meeting last night at Portsmouth Guildhall.    Picture: Paul Jacobs (10605-1)

ANGRY Protesters at the G5 meeting last night at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture: Paul Jacobs (10605-1)

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ANGRY members of the public criticised hospital bosses for not attending a meeting about G5 last night.

Dozens of people turned out for the meeting at Portsmouth Guildhall, including members of the independent reconfiguration panel who are reviewing the ward’s closure.

But despite Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust being invited to send a representative they refused to come, leaving an empty seat with their name on it.

Roger Budden said Ursula Ward, the chief executive of the hospital trust, should have attended the meeting, organised by the Save G5 Campaign Group.

He added: ‘I’m going to write to the Health Secretary demanding she be sacked.’

Sandra Turvill said: ‘I’m utterly appalled at the sheer arrogance of the hospital trust not turning up to answer us.’

Meanwhile other members of the public spoke of their good experience of the end-of-life care ward for over-65s and how outraged they were at the closure.

Shaun Cunningham said: ‘As far as I’m concerned, when our health authority starts looking at services, they should be looking in one direction – making them better, improving them, taking them forward.

‘What’s happened here is they’ve taken it backwards. ‘

Many also criticised the hospital trust for not consulting enough people and not consulting the general public.

Others pleaded with the panel members present to recommend that the dedicated care ward be reinstated at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

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