A petition set up by Cirencester County Councillor Joe Harris to try and save Cirencester Hospital’s overnight minor injuries unit has helped secure a debate about the closure at Gloucestershire County Council next week.
Earlier this summer the group that runs the local NHS, Gloucestershire Care Services, announced that they would be closing the overnight services at Cirencester and Stroud Hospitals.
The move prompted anger from the local community and thousands signed the petition, which now stands at 2500 signatures.
Cllr Joe Harris has now joined forces with Stroud Labour and Green parties to secure a debate at Shire Hall.
Cllr Harris said: “I’m thrilled that so many people have signed my petition and it shows just how many people value the work of the local NHS. Many people feel like our health service is being eroded and with the removal of overnight doctors from the hospital last year and the planned closure of our overnight Minor Injury Units the evidence is clear to see.
“I was pleased to talk to activists in Stroud last month who are facing the same problem. We’ve decided to put party politics aside and work to get this issue to the top of the agenda; they’ve secured over 2500 signatures and combined with mine we’ve crossed the threshold needed to secure a debate.”
It has also been announced that there will be a rally on the steps of Shire Hall before next week’s Council meeting (Wednesday 14th September) at 9.30am.
If you’d like to attend the debate please get in touch.