Views on closure of service
People were able to have their say on the closure of a specialist service for people with head injuries in Bath last week.
A public meeting was held at The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases to give patients and their family the chance to voice their concerns over the closure of the neurological rehabilitation service.
The hospital, known as the Min, is axing the service from the end of the month in an attempt to balance its books.
Patients attending the meeting complained they would have to travel further for treatment, and were concerned about losing the high quality support they receive at the Min.
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The board that runs the Min decided to stop providing the neurological rehabilitation service after its income fell by 50 per cent in the past two years,
Councillors on a B&NES Council watchdog panel were concerned by the decision, and requested another meeting to discuss the closure of the service in more detail.
NHS B&NES and specialist NHS officials put on the public meeting, and findings will be presented to the panel at its next meeting on March 22.
A spokesman for the Min said: "The NHS will continue to provide the high quality specialised neuro-rehabilitation services for people who need them. The views of the public, patients and carers will inform the preferred option for reprovision."