Calls have been made for health officials to fully reveal their plans for the future of our hospitals before putting their proposals to the public.
As part of the Healthier Together review of five hospitals in Kettering, Northampton, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Luton, officials have now drawn up two models which will alter the services offered in each location.
Both of these models include three hospitals offering fully fledged accident and emergency and maternity services, while the two other hospitals would focus on planned care but will not carry out emergency surgery and complex A&E, with patients diverted elsewhere.
The plans were presented at a meeting between Healthier Together and Kettering General Hospital staff on Monday, and those present have called for transparency.
Andy Sawford, who was present as a KGH trust member, said: “Let people know what we are dealing with.
“I believe the review poses a significant risk to KGH, with the potential for the loss of hundreds of beds and potentially thousands of jobs.
“This is a plan to make massive cuts to our health services so let’s have some honesty.”
The Telegraph understands public consultation will be carried out after November.
The hospital in Kettering is the town’s biggest employer, with 3,150 jobs at the hospital and it has 650 beds.
Ian Kelly, who is the Unison branch secretary for the hospital, said: “It’s like asking turkeys to vote for a holiday, only for them to find out the holiday is Christmas.
“Whatever hospitals have to change, the local area will be devastated and people need to know how they will be affected.”