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Bridlington Health Campaigners Meet Secretary Of State

Bridlington Health Campaigners Meet Secretary Of State

Published by Karen Liu at 12:07pm 12th November 2019.

Bridlington's Health Forum met with the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, last week at the town's Hospital.

The group said:

"We’re absolutely delighted that the minister was able to see first-hand for himself all the terrible waste at the hospital.

He clearly agreed that the Hospital should be much better used to provide local health care and said 'I can see a bright future ahead for Bridlington Hospital.’"

Mr. Hancock met with a delegation from Bridlington's Health Forum.

Jean Wormwell CBE, Chair of Bridlington Health Forum, said:

"He was keen to hear our concerns about just how badly the hospital, local services, wards and beds have continually been run down in recent years.

We were able to share the results of our survey (in April this year) 

  • 96% said they’d been hurt by the need to travel for health care. 
  • 97% demanded that “local” services should be restored in our hospital.
  • 3 closed wards, wasted and empty of patients should be reopened.

We asked the Secretary of State for his help in repairing local NHS health services. At a time when 40 new hospitals are being built, Bridlington’s fantastic modern hospital must be reinstated to the “District Hospital” it was intended to be, serving Bridlington and Driffield communities once again, starting with; 

  1. Investment - reverse a decade of cuts to local health-care
  2. Build a 5-10 Year Plan to Lift the “Cloud” hanging over the hospital
  3. Recruitment of staff including rehabilitation Nursing staff
  4. Help recruitment by using empty and wasted staff accommodation
  5. Re-open our 3 WASTED Wards to serve the community

During the ministers visit we met with Richard Burton, leader of East Yorkshire Council. We expect to present our case to the Council sometime very soon. They too must be clear on the urgent action needed by them to reduce known health inequality by restoring ‘locally’ provided health care in the town.

The forum also looks forward to meeting Simon Morritt, Chief Executive of York Trust so that all the key players can work together on the task before them.


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Fileyman, on 12th November 2019 3:08pm
I can see a bright future ahead for Bridlington Hospital...

Then back in the car to London and forget all about it.

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