Hospi­tal pe­ti­tion backed be­cause ‘we de­serve bet­ter med­i­cal care’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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