Jo McCarron, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, has launched a campaign to save the Minor Injuries Unit promised for Cossham Hospital.
Cossham Hospital was saved from closure following a hard-fought community campaign in 2004 and 2005. Local Labour councillors and Labour MP at the time Roger Berry were at the forefront of successfully fighting off the closure plans and their efforts were rewarded when the previous Labour Government gave £19m for its refurbishment.
Amongst the plans for a refurbished Cossham Hospital was a Minor Injuries Unit to enable local residents to be treated closer to home. However, the local NHS is not being provided with enough money by the Government so the plans for a MIU are under threat.
The South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is currently reviewing the future provision of urgent care at Cossham, and has said it is keen to hear the views of local residents about the long-term use of the minor injuries unit accommodation.
As part of that process, Jo has launched a petition which she intends to present to NHS bosses to show the strength of feeling locally that Kingswood residents want the services they were promised.
Jo McCarron said: “Lots of residents already feel seriously let down by the decision to downgrade the Community Hospital promised at Frenchay – now more and more people are telling me how concerned they are by the uncertainty hanging over Cossham. The fear is that once again the services promised to local people will be downgraded. I’m determined to work with the community to fight for the services local people want, need and deserve. I am urging people to have their say and sign the petition.”
The petition can be found online at kingswoodlabour.org.uk/cosshampetition or residents can get in touch with Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org with their views, further thoughts or to help on the campaign.