Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gives £842k to Weston General Hospital’s ‘inadequate’ A&E

PUBLISHED: 16:26 16 June 2017

Jeremy Hunt has announced Weston's A&E will receive more than £800,000 in funding.

Jeremy Hunt has announced Weston's A&E will receive more than £800,000 in funding.

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Weston General Hospital’s A&E department will receive £842,600 from the Government to help it prepare for winter.

Just this week hospital bosses announced the emergency department at Weston-super-Mare’s hospital will close overnight from July 4, as the Care Quality Commission found it is not safe.

The hospital struggles to recruit senior doctors for its emergency department, and so a temporary closure is due to be put in place while its bosses ‘re-develop’ the overnight service.

It will be closed from 10pm to 8am each day, starting on July 4.

READ MORE: Q&A: Weston General Hospital A&E closure – everything we know so far

But the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has now announced dedicated funding to help hospitals cope with the demands of next winter.

He said: “The NHS prepares well in advance for winter each year, but despite the hard work and dedication of staff, demand on services continues to increase as a result of our ageing population.

“This vital investment will help hospitals change the way they assess and see patients so people are given the most appropriate medical care as quickly as possible.”

The Mercury understands Weston’s MP John Penrose is due to meet with Mr Hunt on Monday to discuss the problems at Weston General.

READ MORE: Critics accuse hospital of ‘deliberately misleading’ the public, as MP says closure ‘must be temporary’.


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