Thousands sign petition to resurrect A&E centre
Campaign comes almost 10 years after service was transferred
MORE than 6,000 people have signed a petition calling for an accident and emergency centre to be brought back to Wycombe Hospital.
An open letter was sent to Bucks NHS Healthcare Trust chief executive Anne Eden asking for the A&E unit to return to Wycombe Hospital after its removal in 2005, when trauma services were transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
A minor injury and illness unit was opened at Wycombe instead, but it is not for life threatening illnesses.
The trust said at the time the move was due to consultant staffing levels.
Campaigners, prompted by Bucks NHS Healthcare Trust being put in to special measures, set up a petition is now previous resumed.
Those in favour have sent in photos of their hands based on the campaign slogan ‘Hand Back Our Hospital’ to raise the profile of the cause.
More than 100 of these photos have been sent in from people locally, including TV presenters Gabby Logan and Tim Vincent, Justin Akpa from The Taste, Nomakhosi from The Voice and Apprentice candidate Gabrielle Omar.
Celebrity Fern Britton, musician Steve Hackett, personality Debbie McGee, Wasps rugby players Tim Payne and Christian Wade and chef Tom Kerridge have retweeted the campaign.
Ozma Hafiz, who set up the petition which has 6,321 signatures, said: “This campaign isn’t about calling service for
to the be me, it’s about common sense. I have heard of a lady who was driven in pain to another hospital and was scared.
“There are a stories on the comments.”
Postcards have been sent to The Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, Clinical Care Commissioning Group, as well as Downing Street.
Ms Hafiz added: “The overall objective is to see our vital, fully-functioning hospital restored to Wycombe, not only for the benefit of Wycombe and the surrounding area, but also for people visiting, working here, passing through and so on.
“It is not an unreasonable ask for a town the size of Wycombe to have its own A&E, maternity and children’s services.”
A trust spokeswoman said the changes were ‘clinically-led’. lot of petition
OPEN LETTER: Bucks NHS Healthcare Trust chief executive Anne Eden
It argued patients have better access to staff and facilities and the cardiac and stroke services in Wycombe are among the best in the country.
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