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Campaigners lose fight against Weston General Hospital A&E overnight closure

Weston General Hospital. Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners have lost their final battle to stop the overnight closure of Weston General Hospital’s A&E department being made permanent.

Councillors at North Somerset Council today (October 15) voted against asking the Government to intervene in the closure.

Save Weston A&E campaigners, who held a protest outside the Town Hall ahead of the meeting, said referring the matter to the Health Secretary was the last chance to protect a 24-hour department.

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says emergency surgery will still be provided at the hospital every day, for 12 hours, and an increased number of patients will be admitted directly on to wards at night - bypassing the traditional route via A&E.

Councillors voted against referring the matter to Government. Credit: ITV News West Country

We welcome the outcome of today’s meeting with members of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel and their acknowledgement that we have listened and responded to their views.

The Healthy Weston plans are supported by senior doctors across the region and assured by our national regulators NHS England and Improvement, and will ensure the hospital is better able to provide consistently safe and high quality care for local people.

We look forward to working with the hospital and partners across our health and care system to implement the plans, with the full engagement of the Panel, and an agreed process for a full review after 12 months.

– The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

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