Debate over Christchurch hospital proposals

Controversial plans for the future of a Dorset hospital were due to be debated on Tuesday evening as part of a multi million-pound spending review.

Health trust chiefs could move most services from Christchurch Hospital to nearby Bournemouth as part of £30m cost-cutting plans.

Another option is to retain services and build new accommodation for elderly patients, as well as a GP surgery.

The borough has the highest proportion of over-85 year olds in the country.

Members of the public were due to meet Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Trust chief executive Tony Spotswood at the meeting, in Christchurch's civic centre from 1800 BST.

"The board itself is very supportive of option one which would see services retained at Christchurch Hospital and indeed other services developed there," he added.

"There about 86,000 patients that attend Christchurch Hospital at the moment.".

A recent survey by the trust found 96% of patients and residents supported keeping services at the hospital.

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