Unite the Union

Unite the Union

September 07, 2007 08:21 ET

Key Services at Bridlington Hospital At Risk

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) -

Following yesterday's announcement that the Strategic Health Authority reached an agreement with Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust to 'park' the historic Pounds Sterling 20 million debt. The Trust has announced that it is planning to close the Cardiac Monitoring Unit and two acute medical wards at Bridlington Hospital.

Unite is outraged and warns that these plans could put patient's lives at risk, as many patients will have to travel further for emergency treatment. The plans are to remove these wards and transfer them to Scarborough in the not too distant future; this could be by the end of September 07 beginning October 07.

Each ambulance that attends an emergency can be tied up for approximately 2 hours. In 2006 there have been 4 baby births in the back of ambulances in the Trust's catchment area.

"Staff at Bridlington are distraught. We believe that the closure of these wards and the Cardiac Monitoring Unit will put patient's lives at risk.

Unite is outraged and will vigorously campaign to keep these services at Bridlington and to do what it takes to prevent Bridlington from being downgraded."

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