Fears that Deal Hospital could be halved in
size have been shared with health chiefs at a public
meeting at the town hall.
The worries were headed by Maureen Bane, president of the Friends
of Deal Hospital, at a public meeting called by Deal Town Council
into the future of the London Road building.
A panel of NHS guests included Stuart Bain, chief executive of the
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. When the
meeting was opened to questions Mrs Bane, who retired as manager of
Deal Hospital in 2005, said a ward had been shut at Deal Hospital
for a new out patients department.
“Now it appears that will be closed without any discussions prior
to this meeting. This is very late in the day to find this
“The Friends have put lots of money into Deal Hospital to
make it up to date with equipment. We provided it because of
the public donations to the Friends and the fundraising.
“It is a great pity that half of the hospital will appear to be not
used. A great pity.”
* For full story see the East Kent Mercury, November 29.
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