Cheltenham A&E to close overnight

Controversial plans to close accident and emergency services overnight at Cheltenham General Hospital are expected to be rubber-stamped later. From next month casualties will be diverted to Gloucester Royal Hospital between 8pm and 8am.

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Chamber of Commerce threaten judicial review on A&E

Cheltenham General Hospital this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

In a strongly worded letter to the Chair of the Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group, the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce have warned the GCCG that they may seek a judicial review if the A&E service at Cheltenham General Hospital is is withdrawn.

In the letter Michael Ratcliffe, Chief Executive of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, made it clear that the consultation process was deeply flawed:

“If the GCCG Board decide today to implement the overnight diversion of Emergency Ambulances from Cheltenham General Hospital to Gloucester Royal Hospital between 8.00pm and 8.00am we will reserve the right to seek a

judicial review to protect the interests of all those involved including residents, visitors and, of course, businesses in Cheltenham”He continued “Both Cheltenham and Gloucester have large and growing populations which require fully staffed A&E Departments.

The fact that A&E waiting times at Gloucester are already longer than those at Cheltenham demonstrates that we need fully staffed A&E Departments in both locations.”

“We are most concerned that this could be the thin end of the wedge and that this proposed diversion of Emergency Ambulances will lead to the gradual reduction of the A&E services at Cheltenham General Hospital.”

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Protestors gather for Cheltenham A&E decision

Protestors outside this afternoon's meeting of the GCCG Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners who are hoping to keep Cheltenham's Accident & Emergency Department open 24 hours a day have gathered outside the meeting that will decide the unit's fate

They object to plans to close accident and emergency services overnight at Cheltenham General Hospital from next month when casualties would be diverted to Gloucester Royal Hospital between 8pm and 8am.

A final decision is due to be made by the Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group this afternoon.

Final decision due on Cheltenham A&E night closure

The unit could close between 8pm and 8am. Credit: PA

Controversial plans to close accident and emergency services overnight at Cheltenham General Hospital are expected to be rubber-stamped later. From next month casualties will be diverted to Gloucester Royal Hospital between 8pm and 8am.

A final decision is due to be made by the Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group at a meeting at 2pm today.

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