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Campaigners ‘very concerned’ over lack of progress to reopen A&E

PUBLISHED: 18:22 04 February 2018

A protest was held outside Weston General Hospital last summer when the A&E's overnight closure was revealed.

A protest was held outside Weston General Hospital last summer when the A&E's overnight closure was revealed.

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A demonstration will be held outside Weston General Hospital over the failure to run A&E overnight.

Next week will mark seven months since it was ‘temporarily’ closed from 10pm-8am every day.

But with limited progress in recruiting senior doctors, Protect Our NHS North Somerset will make its fears public at 9am on Tuesday.

Member Helen Thornton said: “We are very concerned it is now seven months since A&E closed overnight on an apparently-temporary basis, and its reopening seems to be constantly delayed due to recruitment problems.

“We are further concerned because the local clinical commissioning group is currently consulting on the future of health services in Weston and there is no mention of a consultant-led night-time A&E department at Weston hospital in the Healthy Weston plans.”

The hospital says patient safety is its priority and
A&E cannot reopen fully without appropriate staff numbers.

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