Fears for future of local NHS

October 06 2017

A PHARMACIST has organised a public meeting to raise awareness about what he calls the "desperate" state of the NHS.

A PHARMACIST has organised a public meeting to raise awareness about what he calls the "desperate" state of the NHS.
Sadik Al-Hassan, who works as a pharmacist in Kingswood, was inspired to call the meeting following the birth of his second child, saying that in the future he doesn't want his children to have to "choose between paying for treatment or paying for rent".
The meeting, backed by Kingswood Labour Party,  will feature a variety of speakers, including Kingswood residents, a GP and a mental health nurse.
Sadik, who lives in Emersons Green, said: "In our region, Frenchay Hospital’s reopening has been delayed until 2019; Southmead Hospital’s lack of staffing has resulted in waiting times which are significantly longer than both local and national standards; Southmead was also found to be ‘Inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission; there is still no Minor Injuries provision at Cossham Hospital and, indeed, Weston General A&E has seen its opening hours slashed. Consequently, patients in our local area are being placed in unnecessary danger. This is the reason why the public are rallying to resist the degradation of this vital public service."
Speakers at the event will include Sadik himself; Caroline White, Kingswood resident and mental health nurse; Morgan Daly, a Kings Chase resident with a background in public health; Dave Porteous, a local doctor and Sandie Davis, ‘Mother of the Year’ award winner and NHS user.
Each speaker will be give speeches of 10 minutes and then questions will be invited from the floor.
The meeting will take place on Sunday October 15 at Emersons Green Village Hall from 2-4pm.