The South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group held an engagement event on Tuesday at Cleve Rugby Club about the future of urgent care services in South Gloucestershire, including the promised and much-campaigned-for Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital.
Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, and Save Cossham campaigners gathered to represent the thousands of people who feel frustrated and let down by the uncertainty hanging over the Minor Injuries Unit. (Photo attached)
More than 2,400 people have signed up to the petition Jo launched at the end of January calling for the Minor Injuries Unit to be delivered. At Tuesday’s meeting Director of the CCG said the decision would not be made until the autumn, which means a further delay to the decision, which was initially expected in the spring and then the summer.
Following the meeting Jo McCarron said:
“We were promised a Minor Injuries Unit as part of the refurbished Cossham Hospital. It was part of the agreement when the decision was made to close the A&E at Frenchay and move it to Southmead. But there is still no Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham, and it still isn't clear whether or when a Minor Injuries Unit will be delivered.
“I understand how frustrated and let down people feel. I've been talking to hundreds of residents every week about the future of urgent care at Cossham, and so far more than 2,400 people have added their name to the petition calling for the Minor Injuries Unit to be delivered.
“Whilst I welcome the open engagement from the CCG, if they are serious about listening to what local people want and need, I call on them to hold more such engagement events, as hinted at by the Director at Tuesday’s meeting, particularly now that the timetable has yet again been pushed back. I'm determined to make sure residents across this constituency who were promised a Minor Injuries Unit and are calling for their Minor Injuries Unit are listened to. That’s why I’m working closely with the Save Cossham Hospital group and it’s why we gathered this morning to get the message across that local people want, deserve and expect what they were promised.”