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Public urged to have its say on hospital transport

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Members of the public are being urged to have their say on hospital transport in Suffolk.

Healthwatch Suffolk is asking people to complete a questionnaire about their experiences getting to and from hospital and GP’s appointments.

The measure comes as Suffolk Community Transport (SCT), which supports the county’s 19 voluntary operators, calls for urgent talks with health bosses after several of its members reported they were struggling to cope with demand regarding hospital transport.

Haverhill operators are amongst the worst affected by budget cutbacks in Suffolk.

Councillor Anne Gower said: “The more people fill it in, the better.

“They need to know about how difficult it can be for people in Haverhill to get transport to the hospital. Busses can be a problem.

“If you haven’t got a car, getting there can be really difficult and, if you have got a car, parking can be a nightmare.

“It’s only by making ourselves heard in this town that we might get something done about it.”

The questionnaire can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJMMCXJ

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