Maldon St Peter's hospital no longer viable, but slow progress with plans for new 'community health hub'

Councillors urged progress on a new community hospital

Councillors urged progress on a new community hospital

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Overview and Scrutiny committee members heard St Peter's Hospital was 'untenable' and plans needed to progress for a new 'community hub'.

Chief Executive of Maldon District Council, Fiona Marshall, queried whether putting a new facility at Broomfield in place would take away resources from a planned community hospital.

Councillor Adrian Fluker asked when St Peter’s was closing, saying providers needed to support the Maldon Hall Farm plans as moving all services back to Broomfield was too far away for residents.

They include a proposed ‘community health hub’ as well as 320 new homes.

He said: “Maldon is a peninsula area.

“Everyone is very concerned because we are a long way from Broomfield hospital.

“Are providers on board with Maldon Hall or not?”

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11:34am Sun 24 Aug 14

Opsiomath says...

From the Dengie Peninsula, travelling to Broomfield or Braintree takes around an hour of driving each way (NO sensible bus or train connections)

.. Why can't we have a community hospital like Braintree in Maldon District ?
From the Dengie Peninsula, travelling to Broomfield or Braintree takes around an hour of driving each way (NO sensible bus or train connections) .. Why can't we have a community hospital like Braintree in Maldon District ? Opsiomath
  • Score: 7

12:14pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Cost.
Cost. Jack222
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9:14am Mon 25 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

Jack222 wrote:
Cost.
Why do people vote a comment like this down? It might not be what you want to hear but that doesn't mean he's wrong. Of course it's cost. What else is it going to be?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Cost.[/p][/quote]Why do people vote a comment like this down? It might not be what you want to hear but that doesn't mean he's wrong. Of course it's cost. What else is it going to be? Hawthorne
  • Score: 1

9:58am Mon 25 Aug 14

Opsiomath says...

Obviously cost is part of the problem

But the fundamental issue is that Braintree is pretty equidistant between Broomfield, Colchester and Papworth. People in Braintree District therefore had an awful lot of choice, even before the NHS invested in the brand new Braintree Community Hospital.

Maldon District in general and the Dengie in particular just don't have anything like this type of accessibility. If St Peters closes down without any kind of sensible replacement we will be doubly worse

One by one, all of the NHS facilities on our side of Chelmsford have been closed or are threatened with closure - St John's, The Sainsbury Springfield drop in, the old Burnham Cottage Hospital/Nursing Home

So the issue is maybe not the absolute cost, but rather how and where the NHS invests its money in facilities, and we are definitely being short changed

Surely with an aging population and thousands of threatened extra houses, this is a fundamental issue that needs speedy action. Promising to sell St Peter's for housing would generate a lot of money towards a new Community Hospital for our district
Obviously cost is part of the problem But the fundamental issue is that Braintree is pretty equidistant between Broomfield, Colchester and Papworth. People in Braintree District therefore had an awful lot of choice, even before the NHS invested in the brand new Braintree Community Hospital. Maldon District in general and the Dengie in particular just don't have anything like this type of accessibility. If St Peters closes down without any kind of sensible replacement we will be doubly worse One by one, all of the NHS facilities on our side of Chelmsford have been closed or are threatened with closure - St John's, The Sainsbury Springfield drop in, the old Burnham Cottage Hospital/Nursing Home So the issue is maybe not the absolute cost, but rather how and where the NHS invests its money in facilities, and we are definitely being short changed Surely with an aging population and thousands of threatened extra houses, this is a fundamental issue that needs speedy action. Promising to sell St Peter's for housing would generate a lot of money towards a new Community Hospital for our district Opsiomath
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11:20am Mon 25 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

Opsiomath wrote:
Obviously cost is part of the problem

But the fundamental issue is that Braintree is pretty equidistant between Broomfield, Colchester and Papworth. People in Braintree District therefore had an awful lot of choice, even before the NHS invested in the brand new Braintree Community Hospital.

Maldon District in general and the Dengie in particular just don't have anything like this type of accessibility. If St Peters closes down without any kind of sensible replacement we will be doubly worse

One by one, all of the NHS facilities on our side of Chelmsford have been closed or are threatened with closure - St John's, The Sainsbury Springfield drop in, the old Burnham Cottage Hospital/Nursing Home

So the issue is maybe not the absolute cost, but rather how and where the NHS invests its money in facilities, and we are definitely being short changed

Surely with an aging population and thousands of threatened extra houses, this is a fundamental issue that needs speedy action. Promising to sell St Peter's for housing would generate a lot of money towards a new Community Hospital for our district
You've hit the nail on the head. If you look at a map of Essex and made the assumption that population is evenly distributed, you could say without question that the Dengie needs more NHS facilities. However if you add the population onto the map as it truly is, then it's easy to see why we get a smaller slice of the resources.
Some people in this area seem very keen on keeping the population density low by shouting down any development, be it 12 homes or 400. That's fine - we live in a democracy, but the same people can't complain that we don't have a hospital, schools, an age-balanced population, petrol stations, fast broadband, gas, kids that can't afford to move out...etc etc etc
[quote][p][bold]Opsiomath[/bold] wrote: Obviously cost is part of the problem But the fundamental issue is that Braintree is pretty equidistant between Broomfield, Colchester and Papworth. People in Braintree District therefore had an awful lot of choice, even before the NHS invested in the brand new Braintree Community Hospital. Maldon District in general and the Dengie in particular just don't have anything like this type of accessibility. If St Peters closes down without any kind of sensible replacement we will be doubly worse One by one, all of the NHS facilities on our side of Chelmsford have been closed or are threatened with closure - St John's, The Sainsbury Springfield drop in, the old Burnham Cottage Hospital/Nursing Home So the issue is maybe not the absolute cost, but rather how and where the NHS invests its money in facilities, and we are definitely being short changed Surely with an aging population and thousands of threatened extra houses, this is a fundamental issue that needs speedy action. Promising to sell St Peter's for housing would generate a lot of money towards a new Community Hospital for our district[/p][/quote]You've hit the nail on the head. If you look at a map of Essex and made the assumption that population is evenly distributed, you could say without question that the Dengie needs more NHS facilities. However if you add the population onto the map as it truly is, then it's easy to see why we get a smaller slice of the resources. Some people in this area seem very keen on keeping the population density low by shouting down any development, be it 12 homes or 400. That's fine - we live in a democracy, but the same people can't complain that we don't have a hospital, schools, an age-balanced population, petrol stations, fast broadband, gas, kids that can't afford to move out...etc etc etc Hawthorne
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3:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Opsiomath says...

Hawthorne .. An interesting interchange. But ..

In the 8 years that MDC has been faffing about with developing the LDP, a lot of local people have said No More Extra Houses Without Extra Infrastructure and NHS Facilities - despite this, the number of programmed extra houses for MDC has kept increasing AND NHS facilities have not increased, they've actually been cut. If there was an honest numerical link between extra houses and facilities, we all might have a less jaded view

Yes it's true that Maldon District only has 58% ish of Braintree District's population, equally however it only has a similar %age of total land area - Hence the density of population per square mile is remarkably similar

However, in the last x years, Maldon District has lost (or is losing) all NHS facilities East of Chelmsford including St Peter's the old Community Hospital in Maldon town. In the same time Braintree has benefited from its easy quick A Road access to enlarged Broomfield, Papworth and Colchester NHS facilities AND a new Community Hospital in Braintree town. Over an hour's journey to emergency and routine NHS access is just not on

Somehow all of this doesn't stack up. John Whittingdale hasn't batted as hard for Maldon District as Braintree's MP has for their district
Hawthorne .. An interesting interchange. But .. In the 8 years that MDC has been faffing about with developing the LDP, a lot of local people have said No More Extra Houses Without Extra Infrastructure and NHS Facilities - despite this, the number of programmed extra houses for MDC has kept increasing AND NHS facilities have not increased, they've actually been cut. If there was an honest numerical link between extra houses and facilities, we all might have a less jaded view Yes it's true that Maldon District only has 58% ish of Braintree District's population, equally however it only has a similar %age of total land area - Hence the density of population per square mile is remarkably similar However, in the last x years, Maldon District has lost (or is losing) all NHS facilities East of Chelmsford including St Peter's the old Community Hospital in Maldon town. In the same time Braintree has benefited from its easy quick A Road access to enlarged Broomfield, Papworth and Colchester NHS facilities AND a new Community Hospital in Braintree town. Over an hour's journey to emergency and routine NHS access is just not on Somehow all of this doesn't stack up. John Whittingdale hasn't batted as hard for Maldon District as Braintree's MP has for their district Opsiomath
  • Score: 3

4:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

It's a fair point. I think MDC have a lot to answer for by not having any coherent action plan for housing and growth. It can't be helping matters.
It's a fair point. I think MDC have a lot to answer for by not having any coherent action plan for housing and growth. It can't be helping matters. Hawthorne
  • Score: 2

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