Vanessa Bainbridge, Accountable Officer for NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“At today’s meeting (23 January) the CCG provided responses to the questions raised by the Review Group who are considering the findings of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, and informed them of our intentions going forward.
“We will continue to work closely with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to review the latest data and consider all the potential options available to us, including re-opening the beds.
“We will also work closely with the local community, including the local councillor, parish councils, the campaign group, Healthwatch Northumberland and other interested local groups, to explore these options.
“While a new formal consultation will not be launched, an engagement programme will be conducted over the coming months. Further details will be shared as soon as they are available.
“We hope to be in a position to inform the Review Group of our decision by late Summer 2019. During this time the inpatient ward will remain closed.”