Petition launched to 'save Weston General Hospital's A&E'

PUBLISHED: 11:02 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:04 28 June 2017

Many have said Weston General Hospital's A&E closure 'must be temporary'.

Many have said Weston General Hospital's A&E closure 'must be temporary'.

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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.

MORE: Why Weston General Hospital’s A&E department is closing overnight.

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.

MORE: Weston General Hospital A&E closure – everything you need to know.

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?”

You can view and sign the petition here.

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