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CCG drops plans for new hospital


20 September 2013

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Plans for a £27 million community hospital have been dropped after the clinical commissioning group (CCG) could not plug a £1.1 million annual shortfall. 
The current Ludlow Community Hospital will be refurbished for £160,000 instead. 
Earlier this year Shropshire CCG met with the Community Health Trust to discuss whether the CCG could contribute £1.1 million over 25 years. 
However, the CCG board decided that it would not be able to provide the financial backing. 

Plans for a £27 million community hospital have been dropped after the clinical commissioning group (CCG) could not plug a £1.1 million annual shortfall. 
The current Ludlow Community Hospital will be refurbished for £160,000 instead. 
Earlier this year Shropshire CCG met with the Community Health Trust to discuss whether the CCG could contribute £1.1 million over 25 years. 
However, the CCG board decided that it would not be able to provide the financial backing. 
A report looking into all possible ways to plug the gap concluded: “We considered the outcome of all the deliberations and whilst we were able to reduce the financial deficit we were still left with a significant financial gap.” 
But Peter Corfield, chairman of Ludlow Hospital League of Friends said the refurbishment plans were just a “sticking plaster”. 
He said: “The board have been misled by their directors into believing all the figures stacked up, they clearly said last year that all the funding was available.
"They've been riding a runaway horse."

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