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Bus is a lifeline
8:11am Thu Jan 12, 2017

The outcome of a service benefit review regarding the free hospital shuttle bus from Newark to King’s Mill was that the service should be decommissioned.

This was on the basis that the service does not provide for a direct health need.

This has been an emotional time for bus users who already feel vulnerable and isolated and will be cut-off from visiting loved ones if Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) removes this important service.

Many elderly people rely on this service.

Ending it would result in real hardship for many.

It could mean some vulnerable Newark patients at King’s Mill receive very limited visits, which could cause great suffering for anyone with a long-term illness who needs family reassurance and support.

The public bus service from Newark to Mansfield is a long journey and involves catching three buses to reach King’s Mill. It is a five-hour round-trip.

The free bus service has been a lifeline for many. Please do not decommission it.

— LAURENCE GOFF, Newark (Full address supplied).

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