Today has been a momentous step forward following our hugely successful and well attended #SaveSouthend rally on Saturday. Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West has made a statement which can be viewed on his web site and he has signed the Save Southend A&E petition to Southend Council.

Our petition says,

We the undersigned oppose:

  • Proposals by the Mid and South Essex NHS Success Regime to downgrade Southend A&E in any form. We believe that downgrading Southend A&E in favour of transferring all 999 emergencies to Basildon Hospital will cost lives in the Southend-on-Sea area.
  • We call on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to:
    • Oppose any downgrade of services at the A&E department at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
    • State publicly that the only acceptable A&E provision at Southend Hospital which Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will support is one which maintains a full 24 hour emergency care facility which accepts all 999 blue light Ambulances.

We thank Sir David for the remarkable u-turn on his previous stance and look forward to working with him as a campaign group fighting against the Mid and South Essex Success Regime proposals following his signed pledge to ensure the provision of a full 24 hour emergency A&E Department at Southend Hospital where all 999 blue light ambulances are accepted.


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