The Labour Party along with the Save Cossham campaign group will be holding a protest in Kingswood Park at 9.30am on 17th September to highlight the strength of feeling about the Minor Injuries Unit promised at Cossham Hospital, but which still hasn't been delivered. The protest will then be moving across the road to the Kingswood Civic Centre to deliver the petition to the Clinical Commissioning Group at the monthly South Glos. Health Scrutiny meeting.
The protest has been planned following a campaign meeting earlier in August packed with almost 200 people. At that meeting Jo McCarron, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, spoke about the importance of delivering the MIU, promised to residents as part of the move of facilities from Frenchay to Southmead.
"As part of the move of facilities from Frenchay to Southmead, after a long consultation, local people were promised that Frenchay would be protected as a community hospital - but that promise has been broken, with a raft of the services we were told would be delivered now scrapped. We were also promised the MIU at Cossham, but the longer people are forced to wait, the more suspicious they become that once again promised services will be downgraded.
"People in our area have already had to endure one lengthy battle to save Cossham from closure. Reg Bennett (under the chairmanship of Graham Kennedy) and the Save Cossham Hospital Group, along with local councillors and the former Labour MP, Roger Berry, worked hard to ensure that Cossham did not close - and it was a triumph to see their hard work and determination pay off, ultimately securing a £19million refurbishment from the Labour Government. It was a testament to what can be achieved when the community pulls together.
"Whether it is legal for the CCG to break this pledge or not, the fact remains that the promise was made, and should be honoured. Consultation should always mean something, or else there is just no trust."
Jo McCarron also paid tribute to Reg Bennett and the rest of the Save Cossham team for all the work they do on behalf of the community to try to secure the MIU.
All members of the public interested in the MIU campaign are invited to attend the protest and the delivery of the petition to the Clinical Commissioning Group.