protest held over ongoing Weston Hospital A&E overnight closure
gathered outside Weston General Hospital on Tuesday to demonstrate
against the continuing overnight closure of the hospital's accident
and emergency department.
seven months since A&E was shut at night after hospital bosses
said they couldn't recruit enough staff.
the time they said the closure would be temporary but protestors
want it re-opened as soon as possible.
week, plans were announced to merge Weston General's trust with
one in Bristol, which the town's MP said would be a "big step"
towards solving the closure.
General Hospital serves more than 200,000 people, including many
people in the Burnham-On-Sea area, and has been closed overnight
since July 2017 because it says it could not guarantee safe levels
of staffing overnight.
Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBT) and Weston Area Health
NHS Trust (WAHT) said a merger could take place in spring 2019.
The potential merger builds on a formal partnership between the
two trusts, implemented in May 2017.