In the article, More Lives Are At Risk Warns MP (Advertiser, March 16) Robert Jenrick, the MP for Newark, states: “The time has come for serious improvements to the slip-roads and safety of the A1 around Newark or more lives will undoubtedly be lost.”
In recent years Newark’s population has grown considerably, together with road traffic and local industry, and shortly the government awarded Growth Point status will mean additional housing and a resulting greater strain on the local infrastructure.
Also in the March 16 edition of the Advertiser, in an article headlined Ambulance Times Fail To Hit Targets, Professor David Edbrooke, an honorary professor of emergency medicine, presented information that showed a further yearly deterioration in the local ambulance performance against the government set targets.
He said ambulance response times for people living in NG23 postcodes were concerning and that as every minute went past the chances of people dying were increased.
He called for additional care to be provided at Newark Hospital that would improve ambulance performance and patient safety.
Surely, with any proposed population increase, there is to be expected the necessary investment not just in roads, but also in the healthcare provision, so as to cope with anticipated demand.
Unfortunately, for some reason, there is no talk of any improvements in the local healthcare provision, and this is also missing from recently published NHS plans.
Given the well-documented problems with the roads and ambulance services, might New- ark people now rightly expect, not only the “serious improvement” of local roads but also the necessary and essential enhancement of our local hospital?
Newark needs an equality of care provision as can be found in towns of similar size across the country.
The uncertainty over Gran-tham Hospital’s A&E, together with the large predicted population growth, makes the argument for serious improvements at Newark all the more stronger. — FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Say Yes To Newark Hospital.