Petition launched to 'save Weston General Hospital's A&E'
PUBLISHED: 11:02 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 28 June 2017
A petition has been set up to stop Weston General Hospital's accident and emergency (A&E) department from closing temporarily overnight.
The hospital will close its A&E department from 10pm to 8am from Tuesday, following a damning report from healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission which found it was unsafe.
Now Weston-super-Mare Labour Party is petitioning against the overnight closure of Weston’s A&E.
It is asking Weston’s MP John Penrose, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and the hospital’s chief executive James Rimmer to keep the hospital’s A&E open 24 hours a day.
It says: “The downgrading can do nothing but damage patient safety, and we are concerned this, so-called, temporary solution will quickly become a permanent situation.”
It also says the closure will put more pressure on hospitals in Bristol and Taunton, and adds: “With an expected resident population of 220,000 in the near future for North Somerset, our above average elderly population, and our increasing tourist trade bringing a huge summer surge, surely it’s madness to reduce our emergency facilities?”