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  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the news that Bedford Hospital has had its overall grading increased by the Care Quality Commission under its latest quality and risk review, which was published today. The move into 'Band 5' places Bedford among the best performing hospitals in the country.

    Mayor Dave has highlighted how confirmation of the continuing improvement at further emphasises the scandal of attempts to downgrade the hospital and force local patients to travel further for vital hospital services.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 31, 2013

    Writing in his monthly column in the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has looked back at some of local economic highlights of 2013, and identified some of the challenges and opportunities for 2014, in particular around major infrastructure projects. The full article is reproduced below:

  • Save Bedford Hospital Placards
    Article: Sep 27, 2013

    My latest monthly article for the Times and Citizen newspaper was on the topic of services for children at Bedford Hospital, and in particular the decision of the NHS decision-makers to respond to a problem over the supervision of junior doctors by launching a review of whether paediatric services should be removed from our local hospital altogether.

  • Save Bedford Hospital Placards
    Article: Aug 23, 2013

    As time ticks on, more and more local children and families are facing the huge difficulties and extra strain of the loss of vital local children's hospital services, and yet we have heard nothing of any plans to restore services to Bedford. We know only that the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is planning to consult on unnecessary, permanent cuts to services. That's why tomorrow's (Saturday) march in support of children's A&E services and of Riverbank Children's Ward is so timely, as there is clearly a need to get the message across to the decision-makers in the NHS that our community expects nothing less than a united effort to bring these vital services back as soon as possible.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 25, 2013

    Tomorrow at 1pm I will be joining hundreds of parents, children and large numbers of members of our community at large to make clear at a public demonstration that we simply cannot do without essential children's hospital services here in Bedford. The demonstration has been organised by the Save Our Riverbank Ward Group on Facebook, which now has well over 6,000 members. Please have a look there for the very latest on the arrangements for the protest, which will be a powerful expression of the disgust felt by so many that these services should have been allowed to be lost from our local hospital, and of the urgent need for them to return in full as soon as possible.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 25, 2013

    In an email I have sent out this week, I have highlighted the threat hanging over vital children's services at Bedford Hospital on a permanent basis, and how the particular issue of the quality of supervision of junior doctors is being used to pursue a permanent downgrading of children's services at Bedford Hospital. I will do all I can alongside everyone who cares about protecting those services to stop that happening. Here's the email I sent:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 19, 2013

    Yesterday saw the urgent meeting of the Bedford Borough Health and Wellbeing Board on the appalling loss of vital children's services at Bedford Hospital. the meeting shed a little more light on this awful situation, and also revealed two particular major issues of concern in addition to the shocking loss of services.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 13, 2013

    As you may have heard, there has been very concerning news from Bedford hospital this week, with junior doctors to be removed from the paediatric department at some point by the end of the month. This will have significant implications for paediatric services that can be provided at the hospital, although the hospital is yet to confirm exactly what the immediate plans will be. The decision to withdraw the junior doctors has been taken by Health Education East of England, the body responsible for doctors in training, and the General Medical Council due to failings around supervision in paediatrics for junior doctors.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Nov 18, 2012

    My latest regular column for the Times and Citizen, published in this week's paper, considered the similarities between the threat posed to our local police force a couple of years ago at the time of the attempted merger with Herts Police and that which faces Bedford Hospital currently in the form of the plans to downgrade two of five hospitals in our area. In case you haven't seen it, I've pasted a copy of the article below:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 26, 2012

    If you've not done so yet, don't forget to sign the petition to save Bedford Hospital from downgrading and severe service cuts. You can find it here: www.savebedfordhospital.org.uk . NHS plans under the 'Healthier Together' review of hospital services in the South East Midlands could mean downgrading for Bedford Hospital and a reduced A&E role, no trauma unit, no emergency surgery, no complex surgery and no obstetrics for high risk births. We need to speak with one voice as a community and make sure these plans do not become a reality for our local hospital.