Mums voice fears over future of hospital

Summer Feeley (four months) and Willow O'Hare (22 months) at Pen Green
Summer Feeley (four months) and Willow O'Hare (22 months) at Pen Green

Mums have revealed their fears cuts are to be made to services at Kettering General Hospital.

The Healthier Together project is carrying out a review of services at Kettering, as well as those provided at Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton hospitals.

Between them they provide care for a total population of 1.6m people and health chiefs say the aim of the review is to give everyone the best possible health services.

Full details of the plans have not yet been revealed but two of the five hospitals would have reduced maternity, paediatric and accident and emergency services. A public consultation on the review is planned.

Mums at Pen Green Centre, Corby, today (September 19) spoke of their concerns and asked for full details of the review and its implications for Kettering General Hospital to be made public.

Julie Connelly, 27, of Lerwick Way, Corby, who has three children, said: “When I had my second child I had a massive haemorrhage and three doctors and six midwives were at the birth. What would have happened to a mum in similar circumstances if the services are reduced at Kettering.

“There is the potential for problems at every birth and I worry for mums and their babies if cuts are made at Kettering.”

Alex Bailey, 48, of York Road, Corby, is the full-time carer for his grandson Mackenzie who has goldenhar syndrome, which is the incomplete development of the ear, resulting in hearing difficulties.

His grandson attends Kettering General Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, in London.

Mr Bailey said: “I will do everything to keep the services we have at Kettering General Hospital. We need to know the implications of this review now.

“The population of Northamptonshire is rising fast and we need the health services in the county to meet people’s needs.”

Shadow Health Minister and MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, visited the Pen Green Centre with the Labour Party’s candidate in the coming Corby and East Northants by-election, Andy Sawford.

She said: “Listening to people, it’s clear they want to know what is being proposed. No-one wants to scaremonger but people are asking questions and demanding to know the answers. They have a right to know.”

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