Meeting on hospital plan

Leo McGrory, chairman of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum.    073669b'in News    6/9/07   pic by Andrew Higgins
Leo McGrory, chairman of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum. 073669b'in News 6/9/07 pic by Andrew Higgins

SCARBOROUGH Hospital’s future will come under the spotlight at a public meeting tomorrow night.

The meeting, which will be held at Scarborough Library at 6.30pm, will focus on Scarborough’s future partnership with York Hospital.

It has been organised by the Scarborough and District Local Involvement Network and will be chaired by Leo McGrory.

Speakers include Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York trust, Mike Proctor, acting chief executive of Scarborough trust, and James Hayward, Scarborough trust’s facilities director.

Mr McGrory explained that the first item on the agenda will be parking enforcement at Scarborough Hospital, which has proved controversial since it was introduced on February 1.

He said: “This is a big local issue at the moment and we feel it needs to be looked at as a separate item.

“James Hayward will say a few words about parking and there will be time for questions from the public.

“However, we will need to move on fairly swiftly as there’s a lot to discuss and we don’t want the whole meeting to be about car parking.”

The main focus will be an update on the forthcoming link-up between Scarborough and York health trusts, which has been under discussion since November.

Mr McGrory said: “Things seem to be moving very quickly. One major concern is that by the time details of the merger are confirmed, everything will be set in stone.

“No real details seem to have been made available yet, but changes are happening at a managerial level with the departure of chief exec Richard Sunley in recent weeks.

“There are a great deal of concerns about how services will be affected and I’m sure people will have a lot of questions.”

Following a brief update from the speakers the floor will be opened up for questions. The meeting is expected to last no longer than two hours.