Jo McCarron joined more than 100 residents at a packed Council meeting to speak about residents' concerns over the uncertainty now hanging over the promised Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham.
The Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee heard 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 could be abandoned. There is a growing fear that once again the services local people have been promised will be downgraded.
At the meeting, Jo McCarron made the following statement:
"Thank you for holding this scrutiny meeting today. I am keen that councillors on the panel are aware that many local residents tell me they are very worried about the future of urgent care services at Cossham hospital.
Local people say that following consultation, they accepted plans to move acute services from Frenchay to Southmead on the basis that Frenchay would be protected as a community hospital – and also on the basis that there would be new facilities provided at Cossham hospital – including a minor injuries unit.
But under this Tory-led Government, local people are feeling more and more let down as the local NHS is put under increasing pressure.
Not only have residents learned that they won't actually get what they were promised at Frenchay – they are now being told that they may not get the services they were promised in Cossham either.
People are quite rightly angry at this backtracking. It has left people uncertain and anxious. I intend to work with the community on a growing campaign to demand a better deal at Frenchay and Cossham and I ask the councillors on this panel to consider the interests and needs of the local community first."
Click here to see The Week In report of the meeting.