Just before Parliament broke up for summer recess I pushed for a meeting with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Stuart Bain to try and get to the bottom of what was happening with a Hospital for Dover.
I have now found out that plans are not expected to be submitted until September next year – when originally I was told April this year.
They say it's because of the maternity services review in Kent which will affect what is needed in Dover. There's always this review or that review. We just need to get on with it.
They should be ashamed of their total lack of commitment. It's another inexcusable delay, the sort we have seen over the last 20 years. I am very, very concerned that Dover has not had and does not get its fair share of health care. I have taken this up with ministers and hammered home just how angry people are and how much this facility is needed.
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