Weston’s MP Calls On Local Health Chiefs To Discuss Consultants’ A&E Proposal

Weston’s MP Calls On Local Health Chiefs To Discuss Consultants’ A&E Proposal

Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has written to the Chief Executive of NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ask that they consider a proposal for re-opening Weston’s A&E at night, put forwards by senior Doctors who work at Weston Hospital.

Since the overnight closure of Weston-super-Mare’s A&E department, John has been meeting regularly with Health Ministers, Health Chiefs, Hospital Management and Hospital Staff to find answers to recruiting Emergency Department Doctors, which led to the understaffing and then overnight closure of the A&E Department.

Now senior Doctors working at the Hospital have proposed their own idea, alongside others which local Health Chiefs are already considering. John has written asking for the new ideas to be fully addressed.

John said: “The question has never been ‘should we bring back 24/7 emergency treatment and care to Weston?’, but ‘how do we do it in a safe and sustainable way?’. This idea is in the early stages, but because of who it has come from – our Hospital’s most senior Doctors – the CCG need to take it very seriously. We need to get everybody thinking about how best to get emergency treatment and care back online overnight as soon as possible.”

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