East Yorkshire MP meets minor injuries unit closure protesters

Published: Monday 4th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is meeting campaigners today (Monday, April 4) who are fighting to keep minor injuries units open in Hornsea, Withernsea and Driffield.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group is developing a new urgent care strategy and, as part of its review of services until 2020, it has been reported that the group is considering closing minor injuries units in these three towns.

Mr Stuart told BBC Radio Humberside: “In my constituency you’ve got the two coastal towns of Withernsea and Hornsea. They both have older-than-average populations, high levels of disability and they are quite a long way away from Hull.

“Therefore having a minor injuries unit onsite to look after the local population and look after the big holiday population that comes in during the summer is common sense.

“We need to make sure that (when) the first financial pressure that comes along it isn’t these rural, isolated coastal communities that always pay the price.”

The CCG says it will undertake a public consultation process in the summer and that no firm decisions about the futures of these units have been made.

Alex Searle, CCG director of commissioning and transformation, said: “We have a significant number of minor injury services in the East Riding, we’ve actually got six in total, and each of our minor injury services has different opening hours and different operating arrangements, which means you can’t always get the full range of treatment you need and they need to go elsewhere.

“The idea is that people are able to receive the care they need in one place. A number of our units are also significantly under-utilised and some of the options we’re looking at will be considering changes to the current configuration of minor injury services.

“This could mean having options that propose having fewer centres but are able to consistently offer the services that people to need.”

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Published: Monday 4th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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  • Clive Waddington

    One problem is that whenever one sustains an injury, it is never minor. Right from the start these facilities have been misnamed and their role misunderstood by the public.

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