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Taking away our A&E is cost-cutting gone crazy.

July 10, 2017 5:13 PM
By Peter Gwizdala in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

Ambulance'Downgrading' Southend Hospital unit will put lives at risk... Lib Dems support fight to save this precious resource

Peter Gwizdala

By Peter Gwizdala

Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman

Southend Hospital's A&E department is to be 'downgraded' in a raft of government cutbacks.

What this means is simple: If you have an emergency and an ambulance is sent, that ambulance will take you to Basildon Hospital instead of Southend - an extra distance of 13 miles.

What it REALLY means is also simple: If you have to be taken to Basildon after an accident in Southend, the chances of you surviving are going to be severely reduced.

Southend residents know the plan to limit their A&E to a 'walk-in' service is wrong, I know it is wrong, health professionals know it is wrong.

Downgrading Southend A&E is simply about saving money. That's obvious. But what is also obvious is that this cost-cutting measure puts patients' lives at risk.

Local Conservative MPs have consistently voted for austerity measures which are affecting all our services, especially the NHS. As a Liberal Democrat, I support our policy of raising income tax by 1p in the pound to pay for a better NHS. All we're asking is that people pay the price of a cup of coffee extra every week.

Finally, I have a message for the decision makers: Keep your hands off our NHS and your hands off Southend A&E.

The Lib Dems support the 'Save Southend A&E' action group: savesouthend.co.uk

This article was originally in our Kursaal Focus: July 2017
Kursaal Focus