Save A&E at Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals and secure the long-term future of NHS services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
Why is this important?
Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups are conducting a Healthcare Review and the 'options' for the future of services are currently under consultation. We are alarmed that of the remaining options, none of them allow for an Accident and Emergency service to be retained at both Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals. One option could even see a scenario where Bedford Hospital has no beds.
The A&E department at Bedford Hospital serves a population of 271,000 and the consequences of closing the service are a matter of life and death as has been seen in tragic circumstances at Chase Farm Hospital in London two weeks after the loss of their service.
It is simply unacceptable to suggest that we cannot afford to provide healthcare for the population of Bedfordshire and the CCGs should stand up and fight for our NHS and secure the long term future of services