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Like many readers, I didn't know the hospital needed urgent saving, as I thought it had previously been saved and at least twice now, by the personal intervention of Cllr Ian Driver and then Cllr Will Scobie in quick succession. In fact it was a Labour government that first started tinkering with the QEQM and if I hadn't been running this weblog for over a decade now, you might easily have forgotten.
Westgate residents may also recall that Cllr Jodie Hibbert, now Cllr Jodie Scobie, had also worked tirelessly to 'Save' the Minnis Bay Day centre during the last local council elections and had camped outside Westgate library (see photo) to save that too during the County Council elections. Both were of course promptly 'Saved' and that was possibly the last, the good people of Westgate saw of Mrs Scobie this side of 2015. However, there's still time for a further visit before the General Election and an opportunity to "Save" something useful in the town, which needs all the 'Saving' it can get.
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It's all over concerns to move emergency surgical services to Canterbury, which is rather different than 'saving' the QEQM as I'm sure you will agree. The hospital trust believes this to be a more efficient way of managing stretched resources but local politicians, have quite justifiable concerns over further centralisation of the more sophisticated services in hub hospitals, like the William Harvey. However, it's not a political decision and pretending otherwise and that a Labour PPC has any influence over the hospital trust's policies, is both cynical and manipulative; much like the last local elections, here in Westgate, where I discovered people were being told that a vote for a Labour councillor, would see a reversal of the Government's benefits cap policies here in Thanet.
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Once again, looking back through the ThanetLife archive, I'll remind you of an entry from the recent past: "What the German Luftwaffe failed to do in 1940, Clive Hart's minority Labour administration in Thanet, is well on its way to achieving in 2012."
Much of what happens politically on the island is predictable as you can gather looking back on earlier stories but I find that when the administration and the political leadership, has an opportunity to act in a decisive and intelligent manner, it invariably shoots itself in both feet before the day has passed. This can only lead me to ask whether its really the people of Thanet and its economy, who need urgent saving from the hollow promises of Frances Rehal and William Scobie