The new Government may have thrown Newark Hospital a lifeline if the new Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to be believed. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday Mr Lansley stated that the Government will “stop the removal of local services where … it has not been justified by clinical evidence… where there has not been the public involvement and engagement that really is necessary and where GPs as local commissioners of services have not been engaged”.

Which of these conditions apply to services at Newark Hospital? In the opinion of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign all of them apply and over the next few weeks we will tell you why.

To hear the full Andrew Lansley interview please visit the Today programme website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8679000/8679414.stm. The important bit starts at around 9 minutes in.