Delay in consultation over Montagu changes

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DONCASTER health chiefs have decided to postpone a planned public consultation into proposed changes to services provided at Montagu and Tickhill Road hospitals.

NHS Doncaster’s medical adviser, Dr Lis Rodgers, said local clinicians have asked for some extra time to put the final touches to their plans.

She confirmed the consultation will still go ahead but that it will be a few weeks later than the planned May 25 start date.

Dr Rodgers said: “We have just had a visit from the NHS’s National Clinical Advisory Team, who reviewed our proposals for Montagu and Tickhill Road Hospitals and gave the go-ahead for public consultation to start. In doing so, they also made some suggestions for additional detail to be added to the consultation document, which we are currently working on.

“This will cause a short delay to the consultation launch. We will publicise the revised date as soon as possible and the consultation period will still last at least 12 weeks.”  

The planned changes have caused controversy in Mexborough, where concerns have been raised over the possible loss of the acute wards at the Montagu.

They would potentially be replaced with a rehabilitation unit.

Mexborough ward councillors Sue Phillips, Jill Arkely-Jevons and David Holland have all voiced their worries over the future of the Montagu.