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To: Simon Burns MP, Jeremy Hunt MP

Defend our A&E at Broomfield Hospital

21/07/17 - We Won!

NHS bosses have announced they are scrapping plans to downgrade Broomfield A&E.

We are obviously very pleased – this is a victory for people power' said Defend Our A&E Broomfield campaign coordinator Andy Abbott. 'It shows the importance of campaigning, of organising, and fighting back. Because if people in mid and south Essex had sat back and done nothing, these dangerous cuts to our A&E services would still be going ahead. So it's a big well done to the more than 30,000 people who have signed our paper and online petitions, and to the hundreds that have supported our public meetings and demonstrations.'

'However, the devil is always in the detail. So we await to see what the Success Regime's final proposals are. However at this stage it's a warm if cautious welcome to the announcement.'


Defend our A&E at Broomfield Hospital

Keep the A&E department at Broomfield Hospital open

Why is this important?

This change means Broomfield hospital would become a minor injuries walk-in centre, which makes a mockery of government claims to establish a 24/7 NHS.

We all know a family member or a friend who could need urgent care and has to get to an A&E very quickly. Without a local A&E department people would have to travel up to an hour to get to an A&E, if someone is in a critical condition that time could be the difference.

Health bosses are playing with the lives of the people of mid-Essex.

We have already had a great response to this petition which shows that the people of Chelmsford are overwhelmingly opposed to this change.

Our local hospital needs everybody. And we need a campaign to keep Broomfield A&E


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Reasons for signing

  • I signed this because my middle son had emergency treatment there for a serious head injury. Living in Maldon it is the nearest place to go. We need our local facilities.
  • Please be warned they played this con at Weston super mare you must keep up this campaign what they do (did) to diffuse any campaign say they will keep the department open wait for six months then reintroduce it again by this time the campaign members fade away because they think they have won you must record every newspaper quote from those incharge also look out for the CQC CON they told we must close it the absolute time to link all the campaigns Stop hunt the killer
  • The hospital covers a widely populated area and has a busy and perfectly good A & E department. My family member works at this hospital as a lifelong, experienced nurse. Her life has been dedicated to saving others so cutting out an essential A&E department is unfathomable to her. People will die unnecessarily. Polyclinics are okay for small injuries etc. but are no replacement for a real emergency.


2017-07-21 11:02:47 +0100

Petition is successful with 21,369 signatures

2017-03-28 13:28:19 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2016-12-16 13:31:41 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2016-12-03 06:33:40 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2016-11-29 21:17:29 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-11-29 10:22:50 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-11-28 20:26:51 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-11-28 19:44:52 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-11-28 18:59:17 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-11-28 16:29:25 +0000

10 signatures reached