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MP backs our hospital bus service plea

Councillor Maryam Brady

Fareham Council is looking at options to restore a bus services to the Community Hospital after pressure from Lib Dem councillor Maryam Brady.

And more recently, Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has joined the campaign.

A new triaging system - assessing the urgency of treatment need - means patients who same-day urgent appointments might be able to have them at the hospital if their local surgery cannot offer them.

Maryam pointed out in a question to the Council that people with mobility problems have difficulty getting there.

Fareham's executive member for health responded that the Council would appproach First Bus, who run most services in the Borough, and Hampshire County Council which has the power to subsidise services which bus companies consider unprofitable. However, Hampshire is axing most its subsidies to public transport as part of its huge package of budget cuts.

The executive member also said the council would talk to "relevant contacts at the Fareham Community Hospital" whose services could be better used if bus services were improved.

Now Suella Fernandes MP - recently made a junior minister - says she would support the return of bus services to the hospital.

The hospital had a bus service when it opened, and Lib Dems have always argued that it was withdrawn too soon. The argument that it was underused took no account of the potential for growth in patient numbers.

We will continue to press for a decent public transport service to the hospital so that it can be used by those who most need it.

 

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