Campaigners to meet NHS over surgeons review

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CAMPAIGNERS will meet face-to-face with NHS bosses over fears expert surgeons could be moved from Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital.

They have demanded an urgent meeting with NHS South Central, which is considering moving vascular surgeons to Southampton General Hospital as part of plans to centralise care.

Many have reacted angrily to the news that QA in Cosham could lose its surgeons.

They not only carry out vascular surgery but also help when blood vessels become damaged in other operations such as cancer surgery.

It has led to Portsmouth City Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee to demand a meeting to discuss the issue.

Gosport councillor Peter Edgar, who sits on the committee, is among those backing The NewsKeep it at QA campaign to keep surgeons in Portsmouth.

Cllr Edgar, who is also on the council of governors at QA, said: ‘I will brief the councillors on the panel before the meeting and make sure they know how much of a travesty it will be if QA loses the surgeons.

‘I think it’s important the panel puts pressure on the regional bosses.

‘We need to tell them how against this people are.’

NHS South Central – an organisation which funds healthcare across the region – has confirmed it will be attending the meeting next month to talk about the review.

But it is yet to announce details on the public consultation it says will take place.

Jock McLees, chairman of the patient group Portsmouth Local Involvement Network, which is strongly against moving QA’s surgeons, said: ‘We hope the health overview and scrutiny panel will demand to know details of the consultation because at the moment no-one knows anything.’

The health overview and scrutiny meeting will take place on Thursday, June 9 at Portsmouth Guildhall at 10am.

Members of the public can attend.