Candlelit vigil to be held at Weston General Hospital to mark two months of A&E closure

PUBLISHED: 17:56 01 September 2017

Weston General Hospital and A & E Department.

Weston General Hospital and A & E Department.

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There will be a candlelit vigil at Weston General Hospital to mark two months since its A&E closed overnight.

The Weston-super-Mare hospital’s emergency department has been shut from 10pm-8am each night since July 4, after the Care Quality Commission rated its urgent care services as inadequate.

Its bosses have since said the wider NHS is ‘coping well’ with the overnight A&E closure in Weston, as people are treated elsewhere. He also said the hospital is working hard to recruit new staff.

MORE: Protestors call on Weston General Hospital bosses to keep 24-hour A&E.

But some argue not enough is being done to re-open A&E, and critics will run a candlelit vigil at the Grange Road site at 8.30pm on Monday. It will be followed by a protest at 9am on Tuesday, ahead of a hospital board meeting at 10am.

Helen Thornton from Protect Our NHS said the group is ‘concerned’ about impact of the closure, and added: “We have seen no signs the hospital is attempting to recruit the doctors and nurses it needs to reopen A&E overnight.”

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