Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham is needed now, meeting told

Published on: 21 Jan 2015

CAMPAIGNERS walked out of a meeting in Kingswood in disgust today when they heard that health bosses would not change their plans over treatment of minor injuries.
The NHS locally intends to try offering services in selected GP surgeries before deciding whether to provide a minor injuries unit (MIU) at Cossham Hospital.
It says it will reveal more details of the proposed pilot scheme next month.
But Reg Bennett, 81, leader of the Save Cossham Hospital campaign, said South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should stop complicating matters and create the MIU at Cossham, which was promised when the hospital reopened two years ago after a £19 million refurbishment.
Mr Bennett was speaking at the January meeting of South Gloucestershire Council's public health and health scrutiny committee, which - as on several previous occasions – was packed out with protesters calling for the MIU. Eighteen thousand people have signed a petition in support of the unit.
The meeting was addressed by a number of people who back the Cossham MIU, including Jo McCarron, Labour hopeful for Kingswood, and Theo Clarke, Tory hopeful for Bristol East, and a representative for Kingswood Conservative MP Chris Skidmore.
After a heated session, which chairman Councillor Ian Scott had to halt twice because of public anger, councillors voted unanimously to confirm their decision from November to refer the matter to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
For a full report on the meeting, see the February edition of Downend Voice.

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