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SO IT appears to boil down to one thing – Queen Alexandra Hospital does not have a trauma centre.

Southampton General Hospital does, so it appears the majority of vascular services need to go there.

The recommendations by the Wessex Clinical Senate make for a grim read.

It’s the strongest sign yet, that despite three years of QA talking about its strengths, its cry is falling on deaf ears.

It appears the decision makers, and the mystery independent panel, aren’t interested in the QA’s positives.

QA has the biggest renal unit in the region, surgeons with the best outcomes, and a big demand for service within the Portsmouth area.

Now that Chichester services have moved to Brighton, there are more patients.

All involved agree that neither hospital can work on its own, but despite QA’s strengths, its downfall seems to be that it has no trauma centre.