GP politician Phillip Lee is set to travel to High Wycombe next month to present his radical plans for a regional Thames Valley ‘super hospital’.
The Conservative MP for Bracknell has already held a meeting in Marlow, where his proposals for a new hospital at Junction 8/9 of the M4 motorway were generally well received.
Dr Lee’s plans are likely to prove more controversial in Wycombe, however, as they include the closure and sale of parts of the town’s hospital site.
But some campaigners believe the proposals offer a better option for patients - many of whom now face a trip to Stoke Mandeville or Wexham Park for key services such as A&E and maternity.
At the Marlow meeting, Dr Lee said the hospital set-up in the Thames Valley area is ‘unfit for the 21st century’ and a broader strategy is required to design and organise services for the region (see related links).
Buckinghamshire hospital chiefs have not been supportive of the plans, saying there should be a strong, independent hospital within the county.
The High Wycombe meeting is at The Hub, which is part of the Union Baptist Church on Easton Street, on Thursday, January 24, at 7.30pm.
There is also a meeting at the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead at 7.30pm on January 10.