GMB To Oppose Proposals To Downgrade A&E And Maternity Services At Croydon University Hospital
It is vital that there is quick access for both Accident & Emergency and Maternity services given the volume of traffic that passes through this borough says GMB
GMB and local Labour party members, including Steve Reed MP, staged the first of a planned series of protests on Friday 16th against a potential plans which could lead to Croydon University Hospital's A&E and Maternity Departments being downgraded.
Mick Simpkin, GMB Regional Organiser in Croydon, said “Croydon residents are appalled to hear that the provision of NHS services in the area are still under review and one option would lead to severe cutbacks of vital services with the borough of Croydon.
A petition in response to these proposals was well received and the public are shocked that once again there was uncertainty for health care locally.
The effect of these proposals for the people of Croydon is too horrific to contemplate. It is vital that there is quick access for both Accident & Emergency and Maternity services given the volume of traffic that passes through this borough.
GMB is clear that we will defend services in Croydon and will resist any more interference from the Tory Government's attacks on the NHS."
Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, added "David Cameron entered Downing Street saying the Tories could be trusted with our NHS.
But after three years and £2 billion wasted on an unwanted, top-down reorganisation of the NHS, the Tory led Government is now considering downgrading Croydon University Hospital's A&E and Maternity Units. Croydon has some of the most deprived parts of London within it and is one of the fastest growing populations in the UK. So to leave it without these vital services is just unacceptable."
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