CALL TO RE­VERSE A&E CLO­SURES

The de­bate over A&E ser­vices in Bucks has raged for years, with A&E ser­vices closing at Wy­combe and pa­tients fac­ing longer jour­ney times to places like Stoke Man­dev­ille and Wexham Park. Cam­paign­ers are hop­ing the next elec­tion will give a public voice to

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Ozma Hafiz has writ­ten an open let­ter to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wy­combe Dis­trict Coun­cil to use the polling sta­tions for May’s gen­eral elec­tion to have a ref­er­en­dum on health ser­vices.

She hopes to get an A&E depart­ment back at Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal. Pa­tients cur­rently travel to Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal for emer­gency care.

Miss Hafiz, 33, said: “A ref­er­en­dum on health would give the ser­viceusing public a chance to voice their views on the changes to our hos­pi­tal and put to bed the myth that the public have been con­sulted.”

Miss Hafiz, who has been cam­paign­ing for seven years on the is­sue, said: “We are al­ways told that the public were con­sulted on the A&E clo­sure. This would be a way for ev­ery­one to get a say on what they think about what has hap­pened.”

The cam­paigner thinks that an A&E depart­ment is re­ally needed in High Wy­combe and peo­ple in the town are ‘suf­fer­ing’ with­out one. She wants the whole com­mu­nity to get be­hind the cam­paign and for it to re­main apo­lit­i­cal.

She said: “It is im­por­tant that the whole com­mu­nity is re­united on this is­sue.

“There is no man­ual to cam­paign on an is­sue and I am try­ing ev­ery­thing I can, there is no wrong or right way of cam­paign­ing.”

In a let­ter that Miss Hafiz sent to the Prime Min­is­ter, she said: “Since the down­grades at Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal, which be­gan in 2005, many peo­ple have suf­fered. Neigh­bour­ing hos­pi­tals Stoke Man­dev­ille and Wexham Park have been over­whelmed, with both hav­ing been in ‘spe­cial mea­sures’ in the past year.”

Miss Hafiz has a pe­ti­tion to re-in­state A&E at Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal. There are 4,000 signatures and she hopes to go to Down­ing Street with it once there are 5,000.

The pe­ti­tion link is at https://you.38de­grees.org. uk/pe­ti­tions/fair-fund­ing­for-buck­ing­hamshire.

Photo by Liz Pearce

LOSS OF MED­I­CAL SER­VICES: There is in­creas­ing public un­rest about the loss of A&E and emer­gency med­i­cal care treat­ment at Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal and right, a mo­saic made by a cam­paigner

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