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Health bosses invited to tea by campaigner

Created on 02/08/2017 @ 11:43
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Newtown health campaigner and county councillor Joy Jones has issued an invitation to Shropshire health bosses to meet her and the town health forum for a cup of tea tomorrow to discuss changes to the services that will affect local patients.

Cllr Joy Jones has challenged the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin health bosses to Montgomeryshire ahead of a Future Fit meeting that will discuss services at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals.

The health trust is due to meet on 10 August to discuss the situation and she wants them to meet the forum in Newtown tomorrow t see the issues affecting patients from the area at first hand.

Cllr Jones said: “These people will be making decisions that affect thousands of people in Wales, not just now but for many future generations.
"That is an enormous responsibility to take on and I believe it is vital that they should have first-hand experience of what their decisions will mean for people in Powys."
Joy plans be at Express cafe in Newtown town centre at 2pm tomorrow (Thursday).

“This is an open invitation to everyone on that committee to join us for a cuppa and a chat. We are friendly people here in Powys, but I just think it is really important that the people making such critical decisions can say that they have listened to local voices."
"One thing I would ask is that they make their way here by public transport or taxi. They need to understand what it's like for an unemployed Newtown mum facing the 50 mile journey home from the children's ward, or for an anxious Churchstoke dad trying to find a taxi to see his wife who has gone into early labour.”
Joy has her own very recent personal experience having this month become the proud grandmother of Korey who was born at the Telford hospital.
"I have nothing but praise for the clinical team, but I had a three hour round trip driving as fast and safely as the speed limit allowed. I am lucky that I have a car and I'm a confident driver, but I know that's not the case for so many people in rural Powys."
Joy is also urging fellow Montgomeryshire residents to join her at the meeting on 10th August.

"They haven't announced the time and venue yet, but I'd be happy to help them hold their meeting here in Powys given the impact their decision will have on our grandchildren and their grandchildren."
Joy and some members from Newtown health forum plan to attend the meeting and hope that Future Fit committee members will take up her invitation to visit Newtown tomorrow.

"I will be asking each and every person on that Committee to tell us when they last visited Powys to hear our concerns,” she said.

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