CHESTERFIELD: Trust offers reassurances for Walton Hospital’s future

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HEALTH trust chiefs insist services and patient care at Chesterfield’s Walton Hospital will not be affected by a Government decision to create an NHS property service to oversee estate management and building maintenance.

Residents have been raising concerns about risks to community care and a loss of services as Walton Hospital is expected to come under NHS Property Services Ltd amid other fears of encroaching privatisation in the NHS.

A Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust spokesman said: “The Department of Health has yet to confirm which NHS premises will come under its new NHS Property Services from April.

“NHS Property Services Ltd is a new NHS body, being set up by the Department of Health, to oversee the management of the fabric of some NHS buildings and facilities management, across England.

“Clinical services and patient care at all of our community hospitals – including Walton - will not be affected in any way by the outcome of the Department of Health’s decision around creating a designated NHS Property Services umbrella organisation to oversee good estates management and maintenance of buildings and sites in the NHS.”

During previously raised concerns in October, last year, the trust stressed to the Derbyshire Times that the hospital will continue to be a base for patients and it is committed to improving care.