Orsett Hospital will have to close or you don’t get new health services

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‘WITHOUT the closure of Orsett hospital, be under no illusion, the integrated hub model doesn’t stack financially….You cannot have both”

This was the stark choice put to Thurrock councillors last week by the Director of Pubic Health, Ian Wake.

In other words, the new health hubs can only come about if Orsett Hospital closes.

Audio of the meeting can be found below. Mr Wake’s comments come at the 14 min mark in the recording.

Chair of the committee, cllr Victoria Holloway asked for confirmation regarding Mr Wake’s comments.

Cllr Holloway said: “I was always under the impression that one was not dependent on the other….This is news to me and extremely extremely upsetting.”

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