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November 4th March and Rally for Weston A & E

On November 4th 2017 Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party, North Somerset Protect Our NHS, and North Somerset & Weston Trades Council will be holding a March and Rally in Weston-super-Mare to support the full 24/7 reopening of our local hospital's A and E Department.  We have also invited the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, and Conservative Party to take part.

The March starts at 12 Noon. We are organising speakers now, and they will be announced as they are confirmed

Please if you can support our campaign, come and march with us, ask the organisations you are members of to support us.  They can get in touch via the FB page detailed below, or they can email us at chair@westonlabour.org.uk.

We will be out on Weston-super-Mare High Street this weekend with our partners to campaign for the A and E again and to distribute details of the Rally.

Download our poster Here 

Download our Flyer Here

The campaign Twitter details are @SaveWestonAandE and #SaveWestonAandE. The event is on FB at bit.ly/SaveWestonAandE 

The Accident and Emergency Department at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital is under threat. since July 4th 2017 it has been closed for 10 hours, from 10 pm to 8am, every night.

With a resident population of nearly 220,000 in North Somerset is reliant on the hospital. Our above average elderly population is being put at risk.

During the summer our increasing tourist trade brings a huge summer surge, surely it's madness to reduce our emergency facilities? We had 200,000 visitors over the Air Show weekend (17-18 June 2017) alone! 

Our population is greater than that of neighbouring Bath and North East Somerset, but there has been no threat to their Accident and Emergency Department, there is no logic to the persecution of our local population.

The Weston Area Health Trust claim that this is down to patient safety concerns raised by a Care Quality Commission inspection done in the last few weeks, but in reality this has been planned as part of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for well over 6 months.

The Hospital Executive flatly denied this Closure was going to happen, and not without a full public consultation, when approached by the Weston Mercury http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-rumours-1-5051622 

Only 6 Days later without consultation they announced the closure http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-to-close-overnight-1-5060288

Local Parents now face a 30 mile journey if their child falls ill at night.

Would you want an extra 30 mile journey to your nearest open A&E if you were taken seriously ill in the night?

....and this is complicated by the current lack of sufficient ambulance cover across the whole of the West of England.

Contrary to the claims made by James Rimmer, Chief Executive of Weston General Hospital it's obvious that the downgrading can do nothing but damage patient safety, and we are concerned that this, so called, temporary solution will quickly become a permanent situation.

Weston's Conservative MP, John Penrose, agrees with the closure, calling it "essential", yet he made no mention of the closure during the General Election Campaign, which concluded only days before, even though this was raised at the local hustings he attended. 
http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-a-e-closure-reaction-1-5060981

We have invited Mr. Penrose to attend the march and to speak of he so wishes to the rally.

The closure has shifted additional load onto our nearest neighbouring A&Es at Taunton Musgrove Park Hospital, and The Bristol Royal Infirmary; both of these hospitals are facing their own cuts in A&E services under the Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Why should the residents of Weston-super-Mare be collateral damage to this Government's unnecessary austerity cuts? Regardless of your political persuasion this must leave a nasty taste in teh mouth.  We need our A and E fully operational.

Our latest information suggests that the Health Trust is considering a plan to completely downgrade all A and E operations at our hospital leaving almost a quarter of a million people with nothing more than a Minor Injuries Unit and a walk in GP clinic.

Stand up on November 4th and show that you support the restoration of our needed hospital services in Weston-super-Mare.

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