An open letter to Chief Executive and Director of WDC – Karen Satterford, 18th February 2015
Dear Karen Satterford,
I have been campaigning for several years to reinstate Wycombe Hospital to a much needed fully functioning hospital with services including A&E, a full maternity unit with SCBU, and overnight children’s services.
This open letter is a request that in the coming May 7th elections, we use the already set up polling stations to have a referendum on Health services. Vote counters and ballot boxes will already be in place so it would come at very little cost and give the local population a chance to show what they really want for our hospital on Queen Alexandra Road.
Several times in my journey as a campaigner I have heard that the public were ‘fully consulted.’ However when you speak to people, they do not feel listened to and for this to be the case. With only one option given at the ‘Better Healthcare in Bucks’ ‘consultation’, decisions have been made about hospital services by unelected bodies such as the PCT and CCG.
A referendum on health would give the service using public a chance to show their views on the changes that have occurred to our hospital and put to bed the myth that the public have been consulted. It would also complement well the recent work that the Improvement and Review Commission at Wycombe District Council have done, where they wanted to hear views from the public.
We would be willing to work with you and other campaigners in forming the question and feel it’s time a referendum was facilitated.
We look forward to hearing from you soon,
Miss Ozma Hafiz