In the wake of last month’s dramatic developments which saw Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust announce the closure of ten wards across the city including the Cardiac Unit at Castle Hill, concerned residents have come together to form a Campaign Group called “Save Our Local N.H.S Hull and East Yorkshire”. The inaugural meeting took place in the city last night and followed on from a Rally attended by over 200 people last month in the city centre
Co Chair Nikki Osborne said, “According to Prof. John Cleland, Head of Cardiology at Castle Hill the Government’s own health watchdog, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have called cuts to heart care “dangerous”. In addition neurology consultants who face having all their specialists beds being axed have said that care for their patients will be “critically eroded”. We cannot stand idly by when such highly professional people are hi lighting just how disastrous these savage cuts are going to be for the people of Hull and East Yorkshire”.
Danny Marten (25) is currently undergoing a programme of gruelling chemotherapy at Castle Hill as he battles testicular cancer. As Co Chair of the group Mr. Marten said; “The NHS is the bed rock of our Society. It is the envy of the world and recently was found to be the second most efficient service on the planet. It defies belief that such massive cuts are being forced on the Trust. Reducing bed capacity by 300 will see us thrown back into crisis days if and when the service comes under pressure during the winter at a time when our elderly and vulnerable residents will need the NHS the most.”
The Group are calling for the Trust to meet with Clinical staff and locally elected representatives in order for Managers to listen to the concerns of the wider community which many feel have been ignored.
Ms. Osborne concluded by saying, “We are especially worried by what neurologists put in a letter to the Trust, “We have voiced our concerns on numerous occasions at managerial meetings and our opinions and concerns have been disregarded and a dictatorial approach has been taken, with new changes to our service implemented against our advice.”