X-ray de­bate on cards after 5,365 sign pe­ti­tion

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MORE than 5,000 peo­ple have backed a cam­paign to stop cuts to NHS ser­vices.

Thou­sands have res­i­dents have signed a pe­ti­tion against the de­ci­sion to re­duce X-ray ser­vices from around 30 hours to eight at the North Cotswold Hospi­tal.

On Novem­ber 13, Glouces­ter Shire Hall’s over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee heard how a re­prieve of sorts was ne­go­ti­ated by Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives.this means the ser­vices will be avail­able for 16 hours a week, a de­ci­sion that will be re­viewed ev­ery six weeks.

After 5,365 sig­na­tures were col­lected in two weeks, it can now be de­bated at Shire Hall. Lo­cal Coun­cil­lor Al­i­son Cog­gins said: “I am over­whelmed by the sup­port.”

Glouces­ter­shire Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust is­sued a state­ment about the cuts.

The X-ray depart­ment em­ploys 109 staff and has a 24 per cent va­cancy rate, which they said was hav­ing an im­pact.

“It has been agreed that the pro­vi­sion of X-ray ser­vices in Glouces­ter­shire will be re­vised on an in­terim ba­sis to en­sure that the most spe­cial­ist ser­vices can con­tinue to be pro­vided safely,” it said. “The tem­po­rary changes are a re­sponse to the high lev­els of ra­dio­g­ra­pher va­can­cies be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in Glouces­ter­shire.”

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