Labour has launched a petition to save the Minor Injuries Unit at Stroud Hospital from overnight closure.
We are making this call in response to public consultation being undertaken by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust until 31 August 2016. All three options being offered by the Trust would close the unit overnight.
The Trust's consultation document can be viewed here. You can read background information here Care Services Trust Board Paper.pdf and here Appendices to Care Services Trust Board Paper.pdf
The petition will go to the Trust, which runs the unit, and the Clinical Commissioning Group, which commissions local health services. You can sign the petition here. You can also print off copies to get neighbour, friends and colleagues to sign - click here Petition to retain 24 hour opening of the Stroud Minor Injuries Unitvfinal.pdf
Local people are angry that there is not a fourth option that will allow the unit to stay open all night. The petition denounces the proposals and urges NHS bosses to reconsider the review of the opening hours.
"We the undersigned note with dismay the proposed plan for overnight closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Stroud Hospital which provides urgent out of hours care.
We further deplore NHS staffing shortages, which the current government is failing to address, that are resulting in unplanned overnight closures (such as the 67 overnight closures in a recent six month period, April - September 2015(1).
We ask that Gloucestershire Care Services and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group ensure that a 24 hour local urgent care service is provided at the Minor Injuries Unit at Stroud Hospital in order to meet local need, avoid long waits and reduce pressure on Emergency Departments."
Stroud Labour Party Vice Chair Debbie Hicks, who created placed the petition on www.change.org.uk, said these changes would mean patients would have to travel to Gloucester for urgent treatment.
“Closing this vital service for the community overnight will only put more pressures on NHS services at the A&E at Gloucestershire Royal,” she said.
“This is a local service that local people rely on heavily. We must do all we can to make sure patients in Stroud have access to care 24 hours a day.”
Steve Lydon, Stroud Council Leader, added: “What we are seeing here is another example of the slow withering away of the NHS.
“Slowly but surely we’re seeing a diminution of our health services here in the Stroud district.
“We want assurances that the CCG sees a long term future for Stroud Hospital, and that this isn’t that start of a process to remove other services from the hospital which will lead to its eventual closure.”