Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 15, 2007 06:38 ET

Amicus steps up campaign to save Bridlington hospital

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Amicus is sponsoring hundreds of save Bridlington hospital car stickers ahead of a crucial decision on the hospitals future due to be made on 3rd April.

The trade union is fighting plans to downgrade Bridlington hospital to community hospital status which will mean the loss of its' emergency care admissions. Amicus say the proposals are dangerous and will mean that patients will need to be transferred miles away to either Hull or Scarborough hospitals.

Amicus has responded to the public consultation on the future of Bridlington hospital. Amicus says that even as things stand, Bridlington hospital is dangerously under resourced with only one ambulance operating overnight. This they say will result in fatalities as patients suffering heart attacks overnight will need to wait for the ambulance to take them to either Scarborough or Hull hospitals for treatment.

Amicus has blamed the deficit faced by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust for motivating the changes rather than the needs of the 37,000 people the hospital serves.

Amicus Regional Officer, Terry Cunliffe, said:
"The plans to downgrade Bridlington Hospital is about saving money without any regard to the consequences it will have on patients. If someone is in Bridlington Hospital having a heart attack and bad weather blocks the roads they will not be able to get to Hull or Scarborough, what will happen then?"

"It is critical that acute medical services are retained at Bridlington Hospital to ensure the people of Bridlington, visitors and the surrounding communities have a hospital they have 24 hour access to in order that their health and welfare does not suffer."

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    Ciaran Naidoo
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