Council elects to join hospital services battle

Jim Hakewill
Jim Hakewill

Councillors have unanimously approved a motion supporting the campaign to save services at Kettering hospital.

The cross-party motion was proposed by Conservative Ian Jelley and seconded by Labour’s Maggie Don at a meeting on Tuesday, January 22.

“All of us in the borough have an interest in it,” said Cllr Don. “It’s far too important an issue to let go of.”

Council leader Russell Roberts said he had been warmed by the leadership shown by the region’s three MPs, after Philip Hollobone, Peter Bone and Andy Sawford joined forces to fight for the hospital earlier this month.

Cllr Hollobone said the hospital had to address issues like accident and emergency transit times, but added: “We are all confident Kettering General Hospital knows the challenges it faces.

“All of us are very proud of our hospital. It has been on that site for 100 years and with this motion, let’s make it the start of another 100 years.”

He also praised this newspaper’s role in the campaign, telling councillors: “It’s tremendous the Telegraph is offering all the support it can.”

UKIP councillor Jonathan Bullock said the vote showed Kettering Council at its best.

Mayor Jim Hakewill said he would write to the other three local councils, Healthier Together and the chairman of the hospital’s foundation trust to let them know about Kettering Council’s motion.