Steve Brine has welcomed news that Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Voluntary Service have confirmed that an agreement is in place for RVS to continue running services at Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
Hard-working and dedicated volunteers and employees from the charity will continue to run the shop and trolley service at the hospital. RVS will continue to gift to the Trust, in lieu of rent, the same sum it has done previously.
Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals, said: "We are delighted that the RVS will continue to have a presence at Royal Hampshire County Hospital and are looking forward to working closely with the charity in the future.
"Everyone at the Trust really appreciates the important role carried out by the RVS and their hard-working group of volunteers and employees, so we are really pleased to have this agreement in place."
Kate Bull, executive director of retail for Royal Voluntary Service, said: "We remain committed to our volunteers at Royal Hampshire County Hospital and to continuing to serve patients, visitors and staff at the hospital.
"It's great news that an agreement is in place and we look forward to working with the Trust, continuing the relationship enjoyed by both sides for so many years."
Steve Brine MP said: "It was disappointing to see some whipped up sensationalism over the past few weeks, and I was aware throughout that the reported situation was not what was going on behind the scenes. This is great news, and good luck to the RVS as they move forward."
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