Join the fight to save High Wycombe Hospital by voting here

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By ClaireMitch | Sunday, May 13, 2012, 16:56

If you live in Beaconsfield and rely on local NHS Hospital and emergency services, then please read on, there is critical information below.

Our local Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) committee have a date to meet the Minister of Health Andrew Lansley on the 13 June 2010. They will be putting to him our views on behalf of the people of Buckinghamshire regarding a consultation which the Primary Care Trust (PCT) has just completed in relation to the future of our local Hospitals, because that consultation has been labelled a "sham".

The Proposed closures of local wards and emergency services that were the subject of the consultation, would be far reaching and the SOHS committee believe the public health would be at risk. Numerous Women have already given birth in ambulances parked in laybys enroute to Stoke Manderville from High Wycombe area, while others died in the ambulance while being drive to Oxford, because the wards in High Wycombe were closed.

The proposal to close High Wycombe A&E department is not considered to be realistic or practical. It's cost cutting at the expense of public health and safety. You will have seen from an earlier story in Beaconsfieldpeople that this is one of many threatened changes that have been proposed.

The  entire Wycombe District Council has also condemned the consultation, and called upon the Bucks County Council to debate the issue, the Bucks Overview and Scrutiny committee has demanded that any alterations to Hospital services must have in place alternative measures before any changes are made, they (the PCT) must consult with the public  and carry out and any risk assessment that is required to show that their proposed changes are achievable, safe and will improve the health and wellbeing of patients close to their home.

Tony Green, a Wycombe Councillor and Save our Hospital Services Committee member, has opened a petition to demand that the High Wycombe Hospital Accident and Emergency department remain open on a 24 hour basis (The PCT propose to down grade it with "limited" opening hours) the petition is now well over 6,000 which means that the Bucks County Council will have to debate the issue you can vote here:

Please click here and vote NOW, to keep High Wycombe A & E open 24 hours.

You will possibly have heard or read about the Bucks National Health Trust trying to achieve Foundation status, it has failed to bring this in again as it cannot meet the standards required. The Bucks NHS has stated that its application (for foundation status) has been delayed for months because it could not meet patient waiting times (Bucks patients had to wait more than 18 weeks for treatment) and the financial performance of the trust had failed. The Trust further stated that this failure was partly caused by serious outbreaks of Norovirus, which caused ward closures.  

SOHS need your continued support so make sure that you vote in the above petition, WE CAN win this fight to save our local NHS Hospital Services if you all sign up now. 

image courtesy of geograph © Copyright Martin Mowle and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. 

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