A&E SOS – The Observer launches major hospital campaign

Campaign groups gathered outside St Richard's in Chichester this week to protest the potential threat to A&E services.
Campaign groups gathered outside St Richard's in Chichester this week to protest the potential threat to A&E services.

TODAY the Observer series is launching a major campaign called A&E SOS to protect vital hospital services in Chichester.

It already has the backing of Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie as well as a number of campaign groups, NHS staff and patients.

Our A&E SOS campaign now has more than 8,500 signatures

Our A&E SOS campaign now has more than 8,500 signatures

What we are calling for a written guarantee that Accident & Emergency services at St Richard’s Hospital, as well as orthopaedic services, are not adversely affected by a controversial NHS contract being awarded to Bupa CSH Ltd.

The full details of our campaign, and why the hospital trust believes a £235m MSK contract going to the private sector causes ‘serious concerns’, is in today’s Chichester Observer newspaper.

There you will find a form to fill in to join our fight so that just as back in 2008 when St Richard’s services were last under threat, we can ensure an effective Accident & Emergency unit remains in our city.

You can also sign the petition online by going to: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/69677

And you can join the debate by letting us know your thoughts.

Tweet us: @chiobserver using the hashtag #AandESOS

Or send us an email: news@chiobserver.co.uk.