MPs hope hospital merger plans go ahead

PUBLISHED: 08:19 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:32 09 February 2018

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Staffing problems faced by Weston General Hospital will hopefully ease if a Bristol merger goes ahead.

That is John Penrose MP’s belief after University Hospitals Bristol’s announcement that it wishes to merge with Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT).

He said: “This is a hugely important move. A merger makes hiring staff for Weston hospital far, far easier, so it’s a big step towards solving the overnight closure of Weston’s A&E, and securing the long-term future of our hospital.

MORE: University Hospitals Bristol reveals merger plan for Weston.

“Ambitious young medics will know they can enjoy the high quality of life which working in Weston offers, alongside the professional challenges of working in a Bristol teaching hospital too.

“This is a crucial step in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Wells MP James Heappey believes a merger represents a ‘great opportunity’.

He said: “The challenge in Weston for many years has been WAHT has lacked the size to attract staff and to deliver some services.

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