Hospital petition backed because ‘we deserve better medical care’
A 10,000 strong petition so Save Wycombe Hospital has been handed in to Downing Street.
Trust Me I’m a Doctor presenter and A&E doctor Saleyha Ahsan handed in the petition on behalf of campaigners to Downing Street on Friday, May 20, 10 years after downgrades began at Wycombe hospital. Addressed to the Chancellor George Osborne, the opening paragraph of the 10,046 signature petition reads: “We ask you to ensure that Buckinghamshire not only receives the national average in funds, but we also receives enough public funding so that key services are restored to Wycombe Hospital.”
The campaign aims to protect current services and see services such as A&E and full maternity restored to Wycombe Hospital.
The downgrades to the hospital began in 2005 and over the last two parliaments, services such as A&E, full maternity and overnight children’s services have been stripped away. Instead the town now has a minor injuries and illness unit, a cardiac and stroke centre, and a midwife-led birthing centre for ‘low risk’ births.
Campaign leader Miss Ozma Hafiz also sent a third letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron, which included the facts that more housing is being built in Buckinghamshire and the population is set to rise.
Miss Hafiz said: “Buckinghamshire receives less funding per capita than much of the population and this is believed to be a root cause of our problems here. Our petition will remain live until we get a suitable response.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped thus far.”
Chesham and Chiltern District Councillor Derek Lacey, who supports the campaign, said: “Stoke Mandeville cannot cope with the amount of ill or injured patients, the waiting time can be anything up to eight hours, children included.
“Stoke is very hard to reach if you do not have your own transport, the bus service is hopeless. But High Wycombe is very accessible, with a very good regular bus service.
“And of course with Chesham we have no out of hours doctor surgery and Amersham has limited hours. When The Chess Medical Centre was planned we were promised an out of hours surgery along with other facilities.
“The population of Chesham is growing we need a more local A&E. So reinstate High Wycombe and Amersham. The people deserve better medical care than what we have.”
People can join the campaign by following @ HandBackOurHosp on Twitter, visiting www. facebook.com/save wycombehospital or emailing save wycombehospital@live. co.uk. To view the petition visit https://you.38degrees. org. uk/ peti t i ons/ f ai rfund ing- forbuckinghamshire.