Labour’s newly selected parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, Jo McCarron, has thrown her weight behind residents who are fighting to stop a Minor Injuries Unit from being axed at Cossham Hospital
Jo McCarron is attending a South Gloucestershire Council meeting on Wednesday to tell councillors how local residents are being let down under the Coalition Government. The Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee will hear from the NHS’s Clinical Commissioning Group about their plans for the future of urgent care services at Cossham Hospital. These plans, as reported previously in The Post, suggest that the promise of a Minor Injuries Unit is to be abandoned, and a large number of residents are expected to attend the meeting.
Jo McCarron, who is aiming to oust Tory MP Chris Skidmore in the marginal seat of Kingswood at the General Election said:
“More and more residents are telling me they feel let down by what’s happening at Cossham as well as Frenchay. It’s a complete breach of trust to deny local people the services they were promised – I will do all I can to work with the community on the growing campaign to demand a better deal at Cossham and Frenchay.”
Plans for Cossham Hospital date back to the Bristol Health Services Plan in 2005 when the NHS decided to build a new hospital at Southmead, transfer all acute services from Frenchay to the new superhospital, and create a ring of community facilities. Amongst the community facilities were to be community hospitals at Frenchay and Cossham. However, recent decisions by the NHS have been challenged by local residents and councillors who claim the NHS is going back on what was promised.
Andy Perkins, Leader of the Labour Group of Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council, said:
“The whole of the Bristol Health Services Plan was predicated on one acute hospital for north Bristol and South Gloucestershire surrounded by a ring of community facilities so that residents would get the vast majority of their healthcare needs closer to home. Because the Tory-led government is not funding our local CCG properly, we are now witnessing a steady erosion of that promise. The Government and its local MPs should be ashamed of what they are voting for at Westminster because it is leading to a loss of NHS facilities locally.”