I am pleased to welcome Mr Richard Mitchell to his post as the latest chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (New Chief Executive Says He Is Here To Stay, Advertiser, July 6).
Mr Mitchell has held a number of posts in major NHS trusts in the past and says that he is here to stay.
We need stability in this post, having had eight chief executives in the past eight years.
Mr Mitchell says he is keen to introduce more services at Newark Hospital.
But from what I have heard from the meetings I have attended over the past few weeks, and having asked relevant questions about such proposed services, the answers have been that Newark Hospital does not have the relevant equipment needed or the qualified staff to operate the equipment.
Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has had the hard task of saving money while keeping much-needed services — last year it was £20m and this year it is substantially more.
I am aware that these are separate bodies but if such stringent savings are to be imposed it begs the question of whether the CCG can afford to purchase the increased services.
We are told that more people are using Newark Hospital in all departments, which is very welcome news and, because of the planned large increase in housing developments within the area, this usage will obviously increase in the future.
Personally, I cannot see how services at Newark Hospital can be increased if we do not have either the equipment, qualified staff or finances for these proposed increases.
I was, however, pleased to read that Lynn Chapman is now receiving her injections at Newark Hospital after having to travel to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, for six years.
This is a step in the right direction.I, along with many other residents of Newark and district, still have concerns about having to travel considerable distances to major hospitals for procedures that could be undertaken nearer to home at Newark.
We have a wonderful hospital with dedicated, hard-working staff, but do need more procedures to be carried out at Newark.I can only wish Mr Mitchell every success in his endeavours. — DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.