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Reopening of minor injuries unit following petition

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

After Malton Hospital in North Yorkshire reduced their opening hours, over 10,000 people signed a petition in an attempt to revert the decision. Marches were carried out throughout December after the plans were announced that it would close during evenings and weekends.

The decision to cut hours was originally made by NHS North Yorkshire and York, arguing that they needed to reduce their budget deficit. However, after the Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) took over the health service in April, they reviewed the decision and decided to reopen at weekends. The unit began to treat patients again on Saturday morning.

‘Commitment to listening to peoples’ views’

Prior to the unit’s closure, minor injuries opened at 08:00 and closed at 21:30. The chief officer for NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, Simon Cox, made a statement regarding how pleased he was that their new opening times managed to meet the public’s wants, while still continuing to decrease their budget deficit.

He continued by saying: “As a CCG which has made clear its intentions to give people the opportunity to shape local services, I think this process has demonstrated our commitment to listening to peoples’ views and ensuring they form part of our decision making process.

The consultation also highlighted to the CCG that many people are confused with regards to the differences between a minor injuries unit and an A&E unit – Mr Cox said that this would need to be addressed.

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