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Tewkesbury Lib Dems support A and E in Cheltenham

October 17, 2019 11:08 PM

Liberal Democrats back call for A&E department to stay at Cheltenham General Hospital

The Liberal Democrat group on Tewkesbury Borough Council has supported calls made by Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Alex Hegenbarth and others for a full A&E department to be reinstated at Cheltenham General Hospital

Alex Hegenbarth outside Cheltenham A and EAlex said "I am grateful to the group for supporting me in this vital issue. Local residents need a fully functioning, fully staffed A&E department in Cheltenham operating 24 hours a day to help cater for the needs of the growing community here in Bishop's Cleeve, Gotherington,Winchcombe and beyond.

In an emergency, time is a critical factor: forcing people to go to an increasingly busy Gloucester Royal Hospital could put patients at risk. More and more people are moving into the area, and we need to make sure we have the community infrastructure in place to support them."

Borough Councillor Helen Munro ( Lib Dem, Cleeve Grange), interviewed by ITV News West, said that the difference in time taken to get to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital over Cheltenham General could be the difference between life and death.

The Liberal Democrats have called on the Council to write to the Health Secretary about the concerns raised about the lack of transparency in One Gloucestershire's (the county's integrated care provider) 'Fit for the Future' proposals; changes that would impact on how oncology, general surgery, radiology and vascular treatments are carried out in Gloucestershire.