by mikebell on 9 April, 2019
Proposals to shut A&E overnight are already being pursued, but a new report has revealed these may well be just the start of reducing emergency care at Weston General Hospital.
Longer-term ideas include scrapping critical care and consultant posts.
North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – which decides which services are run at the hospital – has stressed nothing has been decided or will be imminently on these further suggestions.
Councillor Mike Bell said: “As I’ve been warning for a while, the NHS plans long-term to downgrade Weston Hospital and close our A&E altogether. Hospital doctors describe the plan as “horrifying”, and they are right.
“I’m totally opposed to the planned A&E changes and the loss of emergency surgery and care beds. I’ll continue to do everyone can to argue against this and persuade the NHS to rethink. They can start by immediately giving the hospital doctors alternative model for A&E a trial run. If it works, it can make some of the arguments for the changes redundant.”1 Comment