The Save Newark Hospital Campaign today announced that Dr Peter Jones, the recently retired leading local GP and National Clinical Lead for Primary Care in the Cancer Services Collaborative Improvement Partnership (CSCIP), has offered to help form an advisory group to try to help establish what services could and should be developed at Newark Hospital.

It is intended that Dr Jones will help establish a group of local GPs and healthcare professionals to help inform the debate on the proposed reduction of services at Newark Hospital.

Paul Baggaley, Secretary of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign, welcomed Dr Jones saying, “many local people believe that they were misled by NHS Nottinghamshire County over the Newark Healthcare Review and are disappointed that the major issues for the future of healthcare in Newark were not up for consultation.  Dr Jones and his colleagues will help provide the technical knowledge and understanding to help to continue the fight to save healthcare jobs and services in Newark.”

Dr Jones stated that “I believe that healthcare services in Newark are under threat.  I am delighted to be able to assist and I hope that I and my colleagues can help guide what services should and could be developed at Newark Hospital.”

Francis Towndrow, newly appointed Chair of the Save Newark Hospital Campaign commented “this is a major step forward for the campaign and will help provide important support for the case for an independent review.”