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Update: Bishop Auckland General Hospital ward 6

27/11/2018

Many people contacted us in October with concerns about the reported closure of ward 6 at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. As promised, we have continued to press County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) for clarification of their plans.

We have been communicating with Sue Jacques, chief executive of CDDFT, asking for clarification of the Trust's proposals for the ward and we attended the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at Durham County Council on 15 November, where the proposals were discussed at length. At this meeting, Carole Langrick, executive director of CDDFT, confirmed ward 6 will stay open while its future is being considered.

The Trust has acknowledged the process could have been managed better and we welcome their decision to hold a public consultation after further discussions with staff. We are continuing to monitor developments and have shared our guidance on public engagement with the Trust in the hope this will help ensure people's views are really listened to in the public consultation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contacted us with their views on this.

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