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Fears over hospital U-turn.

CONCERNS have been raised about the decision to axe the search for a partner for Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Warwick and Stratford hospitals, was the only NHS provider in the running to take over George Eliot.

Now the hospital trust's semi-independent council of governors has circulated an open letter to hospital bosses and other interested parties outlining their own concerns over last month's decision to axe the long-running process - said to be due to improvements made in care and services at George Eliot.

The governors fear that with annual financial losses predicted by the hospital of PS12million, Nuneaton is at risk of losing local services.

Matthew Statham, SWFT lead governor, said: "We are very disappointed that an adequate explanation of why the George Eliot Hospital procurement process has been discontinued and in particular the financial sustainability issues have not been addressed.

"In our opinion this has left George Eliot Hospital at risk.

"As a result of stopping the procurement process, we believe it is preventing an objective evaluation of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust proposal, which would have been accountable to the Warwickshire community through the Foundation Trust model." SWFT chief executive Glen Burley, pictured, had previously revealed to the Telegraph that it had spent more than PS100,000 preparing its takeover bid - which he branded a waste of money.
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Date:Apr 16, 2014
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