As the Secretary of the Save Southend A&E Campaign, I just can’t express how happy I am about the fantastic news today that our A&E will not be downgraded. This complete U-turn is exactly what we’ve been fighting for and it’s going to mean that people’s lives are going to be saved.
The aim of our campaign was to highlight and bring to the public’s attention the severe dangers of what Essex Success Regime were proposing to do to the NHS, and I think we’ve succeeded fantastically well in doing that.
The consultants at the hospital have come out and said the plans to take 999 emergency ambulances and patients from Southend & Chelmsford to Basildon were madness and the public have been against this all the way too.
It’s been a wonderful victory for the people of Essex today and has shown what we can do when we’re united, as one.
This issues has cut across political boundaries and our campaign has been supported from virtually all sides.
I’ve been privileged to work alongside a fantastic group of people on the Campaign Committee: Tim Sneller, Clare Fletcher, Kate Sheehan, Norman Traub and Sulie Anstis with help from Ian Harp, Sai Raven, Jo Amos, Michelle Williams, Clare Wormald, Ben Mudd & many more, that have put so much time and passion into making all this happen. We’re all volunteers who care deeply about our NHS, the people who work in it and the people who it serves. We couldn’t have done either without the tremendous support of the people from Southend, Shoebury, Westcliff, Rochford, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Hadleigh, Basildon, Chelmsford and all over Essex and beyond.
We’ve won this battle, but we will keep on fighting to defend our NHS: we will continue to oppose any cuts to services, and campaign for a better funded service with proper staffing levels and properly paid staff.