Helen Goodman MP has launched a local campaign to protect health services provided at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. Local campaigners met with Helen on Saturday outside the Newgate Shopping Centre to launch their petition to secure improved hospital services.
Helen Goodman MP said:
“Talking to people across the constituency it was clear that protecting our local services at Bishop Auckland General Hospital was a top priority. My constituents need assurances now."
"We don’t have a midwife-led maternity unit anymore and when the mammography equipment at Bishop Auckland Hospital failed (in July, 2013) the new state-of-the-art equipment went to Darlington. We don’t want the same thing to happen to the urgent care centre at Bishop Auckland, so we are giving people a chance to express their views.
"Urgent Care accounts for 5/6 cases dealt with at the hospital and its closure would be a waste of resources when A&E services are already overstretched.”
“Our experience of the Trust’s consultation is that they are full of warm words but very little analysis and options. The County Council has done a lot of work on the expected increase in population especially in the south of the County. The Trust appear, especially to take no account of this in their plans.”.
To print a copy of the petition click here or contact the Constituency Office on 01388 603075.