WE WANT ANSWERS!
Over 100 local people from Rugby demanded answers from NHS bosses over the threaten closure of the Accident & Emergency Department at Rugby St Cross Hospital at a public meeting on Thursday 9th Sept at the Benn Hall.
This crucial service is currently run as a doctor led service with assessment taking place in Rugby with patients transferred to Coventry University Hospital if needing greater levels of medical care - Immediate life threatening cases and those involving children are already taken to Coventry.
NOT A FINANCIAL DESCISION?
NHS bosses were at great pains to say this was not financially led, but had to admit the cost savings by not providing a doctor in Rugby was a factor.
Local residents asked why in the consultation, that none of the two options on offer included the current arrangement of being a doctor led service - in a fairly confusing and at time contradictory response it was admitted that this was the case - but that people could ask for this anyway?
GLORIFIED FIRST AID CENTRE?
One of the options that seem to be preferred by NHS bosses is a nurse led service – concern was expressed by the limits of expertise on offer from a nurse and the ability of the nurse to use only limited pain killers (not morphine) and limited other medication.
STAFFORD HOSPITAL SCANDAL
NHS bosses to a question from a Rugby Green Party member about the similarities between Stafford hospital and Coventry hospital denied any similarities despite its PFI status, sucking in local hospitals and its emphasis on meeting targets.
‘NHS DIRECT’ QUESTION
IGNORED BY PANEL AND TORY MP!
The Rugby Green Party member also asked about the statement last month by the Tories that they were going to close the telephone service, NHS DIRECT, but this question was not answered by any of the NHS bosses or our Tory MP, Mark Pawsey who chaired the meeting.
NHS BOSSES CLAIM RUGBY SERVICE IS UNSAFE!
YET WILL ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE!
One alarming point at the end was the statement by Bryan Stoten Chair of NHS Warwickshire who said that in fact the service provided in Rugby was 'unsafe' asked why then it was not stopped immediately he said legally they could not do this until October – something that raises serious questions.
The ‘Consultation’ can be found athttps://consultations.warwickshire.nhs.uk/cons_rugbyurgentcare.aspx?id=6and closes on the 18th October 2010.