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Jo McCarron plans public meeting in Kingswood with Save Cossham Hospital residents group

Jo McCarron met with members of the Save Cossham Hospital residents group yesterday to agree plans for a public meeting Jo is organising for residents across Kingswood concerned about the future of urgent care services at Cossham Hospital.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 27th February at 2.30pm at the New Cheltenham Hall on New Cheltenham Road (BS15 1TN), and will be followed in March by a further meeting to build the campaign and raise awareness.

Last week Jo launched a petition to make sure residents have their say over the Minor Injuries Unit promised to local people at Cossham Hospital. The petition calls on the NHS to honour the commitment made in 2005 and 2009. Jo and the Labour team have spoken to hundreds of residents in the last week alone and the petition is picking up pace. 

Members of the Save Cossham Hospital group including Reg Bennett have already signed the petition. At the meeting yesterday the group also committed to helping with streetstalls and doorknocking to get as many people as possible signed up.

The meeting on 27th February will help organise the next steps of the campaign. Members of the public who might be interested in speaking at the next Council meeting where the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group is present are urged to attend. 

Jo also met with the local NHS on Wednesday to feed back residents concerns and get an update on the situation. The Clinical Commissioning Group programme director said that no decision had been made and while the CCG reviews the future of urgent care services at Cossham they are keen to hear local people’s views.

After yesterday's meeting with the Save Cossham Hospital group, Jo said:

“More and more residents are fearful that once again services promised to them are going to be downgraded – my priority is to stand up for people across Kingswood to deliver the services local people want, need and deserve. I’m pleased to be working with the Save Cossham Hospital group on the petition and the public meeting, and I urge anyone wanting to have their say and get involved to come along to the New Cheltenham Hall on 27th February at 2.30pm.”

To sign the petition, click here, and to sign up to attend the public meeting on 27th February, click here.

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