Second Health Minister Visits Weston Hospital

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Health Minister Philip Dunne visited Weston Hospital today to speak with local staff and Weston’s MP John Penrose about the Hospital and its A&E.

John Penrose said: “This is the second visit by a Health Minister in just 6 weeks. I’ve been in constant contact with them, as well as with local health chiefs and budget holders too, about the problems staff and management are grappling with, so I’m pleased it’s clearly on their radar.

“We need safe, sustainable plans for the long-term future of the hospital as a whole. But, first of all, we’ve got to get the A&E re-opened at night as soon as possible. Everyone wants progress on the A&E to move faster, which was the point I made to the Minister today, and will continue to make to everyone who will listen.”

Health Minister Philip Dunne said: “I have been speaking with John regularly about Weston Hospital and its A&E. It was good to see for myself the efforts local staff members are making to make the current situation work.

“Ensuring the availability of safe A&E services is vitally important for a growing town like Weston and that’s why I’m here – to check on progress and listen to the views of staff.”

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