Liverpool Women’s Hospital holds a place near the heart of most Scousers, who have seen their children born there or had mothers, sisters, daughters cared for. It offers multiple benefits, from an easily-accessed position outside the city centre to easy parking – and, of course, for the women it cares for it offers the huge advantage that, as its name suggests, it specialises in treating women rather than being a multi-purpose facility.
CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) were created as part of then-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HASCA) – against the wishes of a majority of health professionals, their professional bodies and the population at large, as well as breaking the Tories’ solemn promise of ‘no more top-down reorganisations of the NHS’.
Liverpool CCG wants to close “the Women’s”, as it is often referred to locally. It’s a case that exemplifies the kind of attrition of…
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