Journey delays could kill

REDUCING established services such as the accident and emergency and maternity departments at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon would put some people at risk and not benefit anyone living in Cambridgeshire, and particularly those in living in or aroun

REDUCING established services such as the accident and emergency and maternity departments at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon would put some people at risk and not benefit anyone living in Cambridgeshire, and particularly those in living in or around St Neots.

Last Friday, I had an appointment to attend Addenbrooke's Hospital which is approximately 23.3 miles from St Neots via the A428. The journey took one hour, 20 minutes (not including car-parking time).

If my sums are correct, this equates to 17 miles per hour. As far as I am aware there were no traffic accidents.

Enclosed with my appointment letter was a slip which stated: 'Parking at Addenbrooke's is limited. Please use public transport if possible."

In this instance, public transport would have taken a patient longer to reach the hospital.

Changes should only be made to benefit patients.

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What is proposed will certainly not do that because some will die before they reach hospitals situated at Cambridge or Peterborough.

ANNE HARRIS

Washbank Road,

Eynesbury.