A campaign to bring back Bishop Auckland Hospital A+E launched today by local MP.
Dehenna Davison MP joined with campaigners today outside Bishop Auckland Hospital to kickstart her official campaign for the return of Bishop Auckland A+E.
Standing on her top election pledge, Davison is calling for the NHS Trust to re-open the A+E unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital. Launching her petition, which will be presented to the Integrated Care Board at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on the evening of the 15th September, Dehenna said:
“Communities across Bishop, Teesdale and the Wear Valley were told their services wouldn’t suffer when the A&E at Bishop Auckland Hospital was closed in 2009 under the last Labour Government.
“Evidence shows that wait times at Darlington and Durham have gotten worse and the added journey time for ambulances puts families and vulnerable people in danger. Since 2019 I have fought, publicly and in private, for the return of these vital hospital services. I’ve bitten the ear off Health and Treasury Ministers, and now I am asking for local residents help. If we get as many people as we can to show support, together we can achieve the return of the A+E."
The Government is providing historic investment in health and our NHS, and is committed to funding our health and public services properly. Following the 2021 Spending Review, NHS England’s day-to-day budget is set to grow by 3.8 per cent on average up to 2024/25, supporting the NHS to tackle the elective backlog, deliver its Long-Term Plan and ensure it has the resources needed to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
You can sign Dehenna's petition here: https://backourcampaign.co.uk/campaigns/back-bishop-hospital?fbclid=IwA…