VIDEO: Protestors call on Weston General Hospital bosses to keep 24-hour A&E ahead of overnight closure
PUBLISHED: 10:08 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 04 July 2017
Protestors gathered outside Weston General Hospital this morning (Tuesday) ahead of the start of the temporary overnight A&E closure.
The closure will take place overnight between 10pm and 8am each day, and it follows a Care Quality Commission report which found the unit is not safe for patients.
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a 24-hour A&E unit to be retained in Weston.
Tim Taylor, who stood for the Labour Party in the General Election, said the closure was a ‘terrible decision’ which would adversely affect people in Weston-super-Mare.
He said: “The ‘S’ in NHS stands for ‘service’, and from 10pm tonight, the people of Weston won’t be getting one.”
Hospital bosses are holding a board meeting at 10am, where they will attempt to reassure people that appropriate plans are in place for the ambulance service and nearby hospitals to cope with the additional workload.
But Mr Taylor said there were two main questions the board needed to answer.
He said: “The main question is what do you mean by temporary and what is your plan to get a full A&E service running again?
“They have been very light on the detail so far. We need to see the meat of the details on how they are going to restore this service.”
Steve Timmins from Protect Our NHS said: “The hospital is holding a board meeting, and we want to say to them ‘you must think this through, this is very dangerous for the residents of North Somerset.”